To enhance the security and privacy of the sensitive personal data transferred into the FAFSA form from the IRS, the new solution will encrypt the applicant’s or parent’s information and hide it from view on both the IRS DRT website and on the FAFSA web pages.
FAFSA applicants and parents who are eligible to use the IRS DRT will still be provided the option to link to the IRS and retrieve their tax information from the IRS. Once on the IRS DRT website, applicants and parents will proceed through the usual authentication process and once authenticated, will be provided a list of all the possible fields from a tax return that could transfer back into the FAFSA form.
However, applicants and parents will not be able to view their tax return information on the IRS DRT web page. If an applicant or parent agrees to transfer his/her data back into the FAFSA form, the applicant or parent will also not be able to view the transferred income and tax information on the FAFSA web pages.
Instead of the transferred information, applicants and parents will see the words “Transferred from the IRS” in the data entry fields throughout the online FAFSA form and on the Student Aid Report (SAR). The transferred information will still be provided on ISIRs that are sent to schools and state grant agencies. Because the transferred information is not displayed, applicants and parents will be unable to make any corrections to the IRS DRT transferred items on the FAFSA form before or after submission. Institutions will continue to be able to make any necessary corrections. Refer to the “Corrections” section below for more detailed guidance.
Although these changes will make the FAFSA completion process a little more confusing, we strongly advise eligible students (and parents) to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA. The information that transfers will be accurate (even though you can’t see it) and the college you attend will almost certainly require you go back in and to do it later if you don’t do it upfront.