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FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Down (Updated throughout outage)


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The Free Application for Student Aid is the key document for US Citizens to get money for college, and in recent years, the process for completing the FAFSA has gotten significantly quicker via the Data Retrieval Tool, used to access IRS data so families do not have to input their financial records a second time.

Unfortunately, this year, the Data Retrieval Tool has been down for weeks and has no projected date of repair.

Our friends at the National College Access Network put together this document to help FAFSA users understand and navigate the problem. Click here to access their helpful summary.

Update, Friday 3/17

Helpful broadcast from NPR covering this problem and its impacts


Update Monday 3/20

We enjoyed this succinct summary from Mapping Your Future - easy to download and share.