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FAFSA-IRS Data

How to Obtain Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS

Applicants who do not use the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval option or who retrieve IRS data but change it, will be required to provide an IRS Tax Return Transcript and copies of W2s to the Financial Aid Office.

For face-to-face tax help in Virginia, contact your local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.

FAFSA is Available January 1st!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available January 1st and must be completed every year to receive financial aid.

NEW for 2012-2013 Application

Beginning February 1, 2012, students and parents who have completed their 2011 IRS tax return will be able to Link to the IRS and transfer their Tax Return information to their FAFSA. This is a fast easy way to apply for financial aid and will satisfy most of the student financial aid verification requirements. Old Dominion University Student Financial Aid Office highly recommends the use of IRS Data Retrieval during the initial filing or when subsequent corrections are made to your 2012-2013 FAFSA.

We realize that many applicants will not have their Federal Tax Returns completed by the FAFSA priority application deadline of February 15. These applicants can use "estimated income" information on initial FAFSA and return to FAFSA on the web for corrections once their tax returns are completed. Selecting and linking to IRS database will simplify and expedite the processing of your financial aid application and the Student Financial Aid Office urges applicants to choose this option.

Unfortunately, the Data Retrieval Process cannot be used in the following circumstances and applicant will have to submit Tax Return Transcript and W2s.

  • Neither married parent entered valid SSN
  • Married and filed as head of household or married filing separately
  • Filed amended return
  • Filed Puerto Rican or foreign return
  • Marital status changed after December 31
  • Parent enter all zeros for SSN