*Please see the following announcement from the Department of Education regarding the usage of the FAFSA Data Retrieval tool*

IRS and DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCE THE IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL (DRT) NOT AVAILABLE TO COMPLETE THE 2017-18 FAFSA

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows students and parents to transfer tax information directly to the FAFSA, will be nonfunctional for "several weeks," according to IRS officials. The IRS and the Department of Education (ED) are working to resolve the situation – with no set timeline for a resolution.

  • To ensure UNMC students and applicants meet the April 1, 2017 FAFSA filing deadline, the UNMC Financial Aid Office encourages students and parents to manually enter their income/tax information from their 2015 tax returns.
  • Students and parents MAY NOT enter their 2016 income/tax information on the 2017/18 FAFSA.  In 2016, Congress passed legislations to collect ‘prior-prior’ year tax data on the FAFSA.  If you do not have copies of your 2015 tax returns, estimated 2015 information can be used for the initial submission.
  • Without the IRS Data Retrieval tool option, students/parents MAY be required to request 2015 IRS Tax Transcript, from the IRS, to verify the estimated 2015 tax information.
  • In accordance with Department of Education regulations, a 2015 Tax Return is not an acceptable document to complete the federal verification process
  • If REQUIRED, the 2015 Tax Transcript will be added to the student’s MyRecords To Do List. .
  • If you would like to be pre-emptive in this process, you can request a 2015 IRS Tax Transcript for possible submission at a later date.

The UNMC Financial Aid Office will NOT extend the FAFSA priority filing deadline of April 1, 2017.

UNMC is required, by federal regulation, to publish the Code of Conduct for UNMC Financial Aid Staff.