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…

DRT Blind Submission

As October 1 approaches, the stress of the FAFSA submission grows.  This is our second year with dealing with Prior Prior but we must face it with a new way of using the DRT system or the Data Retrieval Tool.  In 2016, the DRT system was suspended due to personal identity problems.  For the 2018-19…

Financial Aid Reductions due to Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal

President Trump has released the 2018 budget proposal this week and based on the initial review it appears that higher education will face significant reductions, specifically to student aid programs.  These projected budget changes total over $143 billion in savings over the next 10 years.  For the Department of Education, it would represent a 13.5%…

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…