The 2020–21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available to complete online starting October 1, 2019.
Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
Simplify the FAFSA application process, minimize errors, and prevent processing delays by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your 2017 federal tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA.
- Using the DRT saves time and effort. You will be directed to the IRS website where you will enter your name and other information exactly as it appears on your 2017 tax return. If you are eligible to import your tax information to the FAFSA, we recommend that you do so.
- Using the DRT minimizes the chances of your application being selected for federal or institutional verification, saving you time and simplifying the financial aid application process.
- All DRT results will be “masked” on your FAFSA, decreasing the chances of compromising sensitive data and reducing the risk of identity theft.
- Although you will not be able to view your tax information on your FAFSA when using the DRT, Colgate will compare the income on both your FAFSA and PROFILE to help ensure that all retrieved information is accurate.