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IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable  NEW OPTIONS AVAILABLE! 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: On April 24, 2017, the Department of Education announced new options available to institutions to use for verification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information. The announcement is part of an ongoing effort to provide additional assistance to students and families impacted by the suspension of the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT).

The new options available to institutions are designed to support those applicants who may not have had all of their required tax-related documentation available. They include:

  • IRS Tax Return Filers – In lieu of using the IRS DRT, or obtaining an IRS transcript, institutions may consider a signed paper copy of the 2015 IRS tax return that was used by the tax filer for submission to the IRS as acceptable documentation to verify information provided on the FAFSA
  • Verification of Nonfiling – Institutions are no longer required to collect documentation obtained from the IRS or other tax authorities verifying that the applicant, the applicant’s spouse or the applicant’s parents did not file a 2015 tax return (often referred to as Verification of Nonfiling). Access the Nontax Filer Statement online

The new flexibilities begin immediately and apply to both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSA processing and verification cycles.

The full letter sent to institutions is available: https://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN1704.html.

Additional details on the IRS DRT are available: Joint IRS/FSA Statement and IRS DRT Resources.

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Know What You Owe 

Know about the student loans you owe!  Did you borrow to pay for college? What is the balance of your student loans? When do you have to start paying your loans back? Where will you send the payments? Did you know that you may be eligible for a .25% percent rate reduction if you set up auto-debit?

Take the first steps in managing your credit and student loans by viewing your My Federal Student Aid account at StudentAid.gov/login and get an overview of all of your federal loans. At that site, you also can find out who services your loan. 

If you have received a subsidized, unsubsidized or Graduate PLUS loan under the Direct Loan Program, you must complete exit counseling when you drop below half-time enrollment, graduate, or leave school.

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2017-2018 FAFSA Application OPEN 

August 14

Convocation- Trask Coliseum 11:45 a.m. 

August 14 

On Campus Housing Opens (Returning Students)

August 16 

Classes Begin 

August 23

Last day for registration/Last day to drop/add

August 24 

Bill Due Date

September 4   

Labor Day- University Closed 

September 6 

Bill Issue Date 

September 17 

Constitution Day 

September 27 

Bill Due Date

October 2-6

FAFSA Awareness Week 

OSFA open until 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday

Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October 6-7 

Fall break; no classes

October 10 

Classes resume 8 a.m.

October 10 

Last Day to Withdraw with a W- Undergraduate

October 14 

Graduation Application Deadline for Fall grads


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