Feds Disable Key Financial Aid Tool, Citing Data Security Concerns

"The IRS and Education Department confirmed late Thursday that the federal government purposefully shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid," Politico Pro's Morning Education reports.

"The IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows students to automatically import tax information onto their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, will be 'unavailable for several weeks' as a result of concerns about security of student data, the two agencies said in a statement. ...

Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, called on the Education Department to ease up on how aggressively it targets students for verification as more students are forced to submit paper tax returns."

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Publication Date: 3/10/2017

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