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(Application Processing) Subject: The 2018-19 FAFSA® form is now available

Posted Date:October 3, 2017

Author: Lisa DiCarlo, Director, Student Experience Group, Federal Student Aid

Subject: The 2018-19 FAFSA® form is now available

The 2018–19 FAFSA® Form Is Here!
The 2018–19 FAFSA cycle began on Oct. 1. The application is available until June 30, 2019—but be sure to remind your students that some funds are limited, so it’s a good idea to apply as soon as possible.

Tell students to apply at

Return of IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT)
The IRS DRT is available for the 2018–19 FAFSA cycle.

Beginning with the 2018–19 FAFSA cycle, tax return information transferred from the IRS into now has stronger security and privacy protections.

  • As a result, the tax information transferred from the IRS does not display on the IRS DRT web page, in the FAFSA form, or on the Student Aid Report.
  • Instead of the user’s tax information being displayed, the phrase “Transferred from the IRS” appears in the appropriate fields on

The IRS DRT will not return for the 2017–18 FAFSA cycle. Students and families who need to complete the 2017–18 FAFSA form should manually enter their tax return information into the form.

Learn more about the IRS DRT and get answers to frequently asked questions.

Updated FAFSA® ResourcesFederal Student Aid (FSA) staff members have been busy updating FAFSA resources for you. You'll find resources, updates, and FAFSA talking points on the Financial Aid Toolkit site. (Remember, the Financial Aid Toolkit is for you, the counselor or mentor. Send students to for FAFSA information.)
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Digital Outreach Resources
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Last Modified: 10/02/2017