IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The U.S. Department of Education in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) introduced the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, a feature that allows students and parents to import their previous year’s tax information from their filed federal 1040 tax forms directly into the FAFSA on the Web. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool may be used when filing the initial FAFSA, or when renewing the FAFSA each academic year.

In order to access the tool, FAFSA site users must have a valid social security number, an active FAFSA PIN number, and must first file their federal tax returns with the IRS. If the tax return is filed electronically, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may normally be used via the FAFSA on the Web site within one-to-two weeks. If filing a paper tax return, the Tool may not be available for approximately six-to-eight weeks past the filing date.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool may be used either while completing the online FAFSA or after the FAFSA has already been submitted via the Internet. If accessing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool during FAFSA completion, the user will be given the opportunity to utilize the Tool during the completion of the income and asset questions on both the student and parent FAFSA sections. If the decision to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is made after initial FAFSA submission, the user may then log into the FAFSA website with their PIN number and complete the following steps:

  1. Click ‘Link to the IRS’ to be transferred directly to the IRS website
  2. Once on the IRS website, enter the requested user-verification information
  3. Once the IRS has verified your information, your previous year’s tax information will be displayed
  4. Choose to transfer your displayed tax information from the IRS into your FAFSA
  5. Check your FAFSA to make sure that the applicable figures populated from the IRS website

Those who are exempt from and unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool include students and parents who filed separate federal income tax returns for the previous tax year, students and parents whose marital status changed prior to the end of the applicable tax year, and filers of foreign and Puerto Rican tax returns.

If you are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to commit the information, you will need to submit a U.S. Tax Return Transcript to the Villanova University Office of Financial Assistance. Students and parents may request an official copy of their Federal Income Tax Transcript from the IRS. Your parent(s) should sign the Tax Return Transcript and mail or fax it to the Villanova University Office of Financial Assistance.  For more complete instructions consult the Office of Financial Assistance website.

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Office of Financial Assistance
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave
Kennedy Hall, Second Floor
Villanova, PA 19085
Telephone: (610) 519-4010
Fax: (610) 519-7599
Email: finaid@villanova.edu

Freshman Deadlines

Freshman Class of 2022 Financial Assistance Application Deadlines:

Early Decision Applicants:            November 1, 2017

Early Action & Regular Decision Applicants: January 15, 2018

  • 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed online at www.fafsa.gov 
  • 2018-2019 CSS Profile must be filed online at profileonline.collegeboard.org
  • Signed copies of custodial parent(s)', stepparent's, and student's 2016 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Return as well as 2016 Federal W-2's, 1099/1099R's, and all tax schedules must be submitted to IDOC.

**Early Decision Award Notification: December 15, 2017

**Early Action & Regular Decision Award Notification: April 1, 2018

Returning Student Deadlines

The Villanova University Financial Assistance Deadline for 2018-2019 Returning Students is:

April 1, 2018 - Completed application materials must be postmarked by this date.

·2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at www.fafsa.gov.

·2018-2019 CSS Profile must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at profileonline.collegeboard.org.

·Completed signed copies of custodial parent(s)’, stepparent’s, and student’s 2016 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Return as well as 2016 W-2’s, 1099/1099R’s, and all tax schedules must be submitted to IDOC. *Do not submit tax documents to the Office of Financial Assistance*

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the 2018-2019 academic year is available as of October 1st to complete the FAFSA and Federal Verification Process.  We strongly recommend utilizing this tool when completing the FAFSA to ensure that all information is accurate.  Please refer to Step 4: Federal Verification for complete instructions.

Please Note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is still unavailable for the 2017-2018 academic year.  While this tool is down, anyone selected for the Federal Verification Process for the 2017-2018 academic year must submit Signed Federal Income Tax Returns, for tax filers, and/or the Signed Non-Tax Filer Statement, for non tax-filers.