Students can apply for FAFSA!
Here’s what you need to know during the shutdown
First and foremost, official guidance says that students can and should continue to submit their FAFSAs.
Here are some additional details:
- The Department of Education is fully funded for 2019, so the FAFSA form is available and being accepted.
- IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) issues that have occurred during the shutdown were due to scheduled maintenance and were not shutdown related. If students run into issues with the DRT, encourage them to try again the next day.
- If students are selected for verification, they are not be able to request tax transcripts from the IRS during the shutdown. The Department of Education has issued guidance to financial aid offices stating they can accept tax returns instead. As always, students should work with the financial aid office to complete the verification process.
- Some agencies impacted by the shutdown are responsible for databases that FAFSAs are compared against.
- Those databases, including ones held by the Selective Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice, have not been updated since the start of the shutdown.
- A relatively small group of students will receive a FAFSA rejection due to database mismatches.
- The Department of Education has agreed to rerun affected FAFSAs when the shutdown ends.
Need help submitting your FAFSA? Come see Mrs. Cameron in the College and Career Center today!