FAFSA DRT Submission Clarity

In the past month, EFC PLUS has issued two financial aid alerts regarding the FAFSA and DRT.  We had recommended that you submit your FAFSA manually.  I wanted to clarify this statement.  A manual submission is to submit the FAFSA electronically without using the DRT link process, at this time.  You are able to submit…

Who should fill out the FAFSA?

Families often question whether they should fill out the FAFSA.  Before we delve into the answer for this question, I want to explain what the FAFSA is for our new readers.  The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the form families need to complete in order to qualify for federal financial aid…

DRT Suspended Until Fall 2017

UPDATE:  Please read our 6/8/17 blog for DRT UPDATES concerning student loan borrowers. As an update to our prior article, “Filing FAFSA Options While DRT is Down”, we wanted to keep families aware of the update on the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).  The Department of Education (DOE) and the IRS have decided that the DRT…

DRT is suspended by IRS

  Recent Update – Click – DRT Suspended till Fall 2017   The Department of Education made an announcement that the Data Retrieval Tool or DRT is suspended by the IRS due to possible identity theft concerns.  It will remain unavailable for several weeks.  The DRT tool is used to link your FAFSA and IRS information. …

FAFSA and DRT Process

The FAFSA is available on October 1st for the first time starting in 2016. How the FAFSA and DRT will work together will be different than it has been in the past.  The new change in the FAFSA process is often called Prior Prior or Early FAFSA.  This FAFSA timing change will significantly affect the…

10 Unique Reasons to Complete the FAFSA

Qualifying for financial aid is a question that is often asked when applying for college.  Here are 10 unique reasons to complete the FAFSA even if you do not think you will qualify for financial aid.  I personally believe that every family should submit the FAFSA. Over the years when talking to different families, they have…