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Office of Student Financial Assistance

Office of Student Financial Assistance
104 Fairchild Hall
1601 Vattier Street
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-1104

785-532-6420 phone
785-532-7628 fax

IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) Currently Unavailable

To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS and the U.S. Department of Education announced that the Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added. While the Department of Education and the IRS are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, students and families should plan for the tool to be offline until at least the end of the year. The Office of Student Financial Assistance at K-State is closely monitoring all news related to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and will update students and families as more information is released. 

Options Remain Available for Students and Parents

While the Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable, the Department of Education and the IRS remind applicants that online applications are still available and are operable. Applicants filing a 2016–17 or 2017–18 FAFSA must use data from their 2015 tax returns (not 2016) and should manually enter 2015 tax information.

If you did not keep a copy of your tax return, here are some options:
  1. Access the tax software product you used to prepare and file your 2015 return.  You may be able to access your account to download/print a copy.
  2. Contact the tax preparer/provider who filed your 2015 return if you used a tax professional.
  3. Download your tax transcript (a summary) at Get Transcript Online.  Review the rigorous identity authentication requirements for Secure Access before attempting to register.
  4. Use Get Transcript by Mail and a transcript will be mailed to the address on your return within five to 10 days.
  5. Call our automated line at 800-908-9946 to order a transcript by mail.

If you filed an amended tax return, Form 1040X, you should use the adjusted gross income and earned income listed on your revised tax return.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA® Form Without Access to the IRS DRT

If you are referencing your 2015 income tax return to manually enter information on your FAFSA form, the FAFSA instructions provide guidance on which line number to follow depending on the IRS tax form you filed. That information is also provided in the table below. If you’re using a tax transcript, there won’t be line numbers to reference, so read each question carefully.

2015 Income Tax Item10401040 A1040EZ
Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)Line 37Line 21Line 4
Income TaxLine 56 minus line 46Line 28 minus line 36Line 10
Exemptions6d6dSee Details
Wages Earned from WorkingLine 7*
Unless you are self-employed. See Details
Line 7Line 1
Education CreditsLine 50Line 33N/A
IRA Deductions and payments to self-employed SEP, SIMPLE, Keogh, and other qualified plansLine 28 + Line 32Line 17N/A
Tax-Exempt Interest IncomeLine 8bLine 8bN/A
Untaxed Portions of IRA DistributionsLine 15a minus line 15b
Exclude Rollovers
Line 11a minus line 11b
Exclude Rollovers
Untaxed Portions of PensionsLine 16a minus line 16b
Exclude Rollovers
Line 12a minus line 12b
Exclude Rollovers
Untaxed Portions of Health Savings AccountsLine 25N/AN/A

Additional Information for Applicants

The online FAFSA remains operational. Students and families can continue filing the FAFSA as they normally would by visiting FAFSA.gov

Students and families needing additional clarification or assistance with completing their application should contact our office by calling (785-532-6420), e-mailing (finaid@ksu.edu) or visiting us in 104 Fairchild Hall on the Manhattan campus.