Federal Tool To Help Financial Aid Applicants Goes Dark

"A federal tool that millions of students rely on each year to help them fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has stopped working," Politico Pro's Morning Education reports.

"The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students to automatically input their tax information directly onto their FAFSA, a time-saving measure that also reduces the chance of errors.

— Aid applicants who have been trying to use the tool have reported receiving this message: 'This service will be unavailable due to system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.'

— Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrations, tells Morning Education that his members started noticing the outage late last week. 'We’re getting more concerned every day,' Draeger said. Texas and Indiana both have deadlines for financial aid in the coming days.

— The tool 'is currently unavailable, and we continue to work on the issue,' IRS spokesman Matthew Leas told Morning Education. 'Applicants filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can manually enter the requested financial information from copies of their tax returns.'"

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Publication Date: 3/9/2017

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