In mid-May, the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid office will improve the FSA ID, the identifier used by students and parents to access federal financial aid information online, including the FAFSA and federal loan history and information.
The IRS has taken its Data Retrieval Tool offline, but the Department of Education assures families and students that the FAFSA application remains safe and available online. The U-M Office of Financial Aid recommends that students complete their 2017-18 FAFSAs without delay, manually entering tax return information so that we receive your information by April 30 to consider you for all aid. Read more in this post.
The 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now available, and we encourage both prospective and continuing students to complete it and apply for federal financial aid as soon as possible. An executive action from President Obama makes the FAFSA available earlier for students applying for financial aid in Fall Term 2017. Students will also use information from 2015 tax returns.