Prior-Prior year (PPY) Tax Information on FAFSA
Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, students can now complete the FAFSA using
2 years prior tax information. With the switch to PPY, FAFSA will be available on
October 1 of the previous year rather than January 1 of the actual year.
- FAFSA is available October 1, 2022 for 2023-2024 academic year
- 2023-2024 FAFSA will use 2021 tax year information
|When a student is attending college
|When a student can submit a FAFSA
|Which year's income information is required
|July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
|October 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023
|July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
|October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024
IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update
You can utilize the Get Transcript Online service, which provides an immediate PDF version of a tax transcript. Users who had
already established an account with the IRS for using this service are still able
to log in to the Get Transcript Online service. Get Transcript By Mail is also available.
2023–2024 FAFSA Cycle (Begins on October 1, 2022)
To address both privacy and security concerns related to the IRS DRT, the IRS and
Federal Student Aid (FSA) have agreed to implement a solution that will reinstate
the use of the IRS DRT beginning with the 2023–2024 FAFSA cycle. However, this solution
will limit the information that displays to the applicant in order to enhance the
security and privacy of sensitive personal data transferred to the FAFSA from the
IRS. This solution will encrypt the taxpayer’s information and hide the information
from the applicant’s view on both the IRS DRT web page and on the FAFSA web pages.
While students and parents will still be able to electronically transfer their IRS
tax return information into the FAFSA, the information will not be visible to would-be
malicious actors. Note that Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) sent
to institutions and to state grant agencies will include all of the tax return information
that was transferred into the FAFSA using the IRS DRT.
We acknowledge that some FAFSA applicants may have concerns about not being able to
see the information they are transferring from the IRS into the FAFSA, and that there
will be other challenges to applicants and to institutions (e.g., confirming results
and making corrections). However, we believe that this solution provides potentially
the best balance between access to federal student aid and the privacy of personal
information and to maintaining the integrity of our tax collection system. We take
our legal obligations to ensure personal data is protected very seriously, as does
the IRS. We will continue to work with the financial aid community to address these
concerns about ease of use.