NACAC Responds to IRS Data Retrieval Tool Outage

Arlington, VA (March 16, 2017) —  NACAC signed a letter this week asking officials at the US Department of Education and its office of Federal Student Aid to provide relief for students and institutions as they deal with the outage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

The DRT, used by many families when filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is currently unavailable due to security concerns. Officials estimate it will be several weeks before the tool is back up and running.

The letter — sent by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and signed by NACAC, as well as the National College Access Network (NCAN) and The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) — calls on federal officials to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

“Restoration of the DRT needs to be a high priority for both ED and the IRS and we urge ED to leverage all available resources to restore the DRT as soon as possible,” the letter states.

Read the full letter, which outlines actions needed to reduce the burdens students and institutions may face during the outage.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

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