How to Use IRS Data Retrieval

When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will be prompted to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload your/your parents' 2015 tax information into your FAFSA online directly from the IRS. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool makes it easy to transfer your/your parents' tax information accurately to the FAFSA and reduces mistakes and delays in the processing of your financial aid.

Note that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool transfers your/your parents' tax information directly into your FAFSA.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available*:

  • approximately 6-8 weeks after your paper tax return has been accepted by the IRS
  • approximately 3-4 weeks after you file a tax return electronically and it has been accepted by the IRS If you owe a payment to the IRS, the payment must have been made in full as well.

* Not all tax filers will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. For more information about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool please visit the Federal Student Aid site.

For step-by-step instructions for using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please download this instructional PDF.