The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is Down Until October – What the Department of Education Should Be Doing Now

March 30, 2017

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) allows students to automatically transfer their tax information into the online FAFSA or application for income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, instead of having to manually enter detailed tax return information. Millions of students each year rely on this streamlined online process to apply for federal student financial aid and to keep student...


Voices from the FAFSA Frontlines Reveal Complexity and Costs of “Verification” Paperwork Affecting Millions of Low-Income Students

November 15, 2016

On the Sidelines of Simplification: Stories of Navigating the FAFSA Verification Process exposes how an often-overlooked part of the federal student aid process delays aid and enrollment for low-income students, consuming the time of college access and financial aid professionals and frustrating their efforts to help students afford and succeed in college.


TICAS Comments on Draft 2017-18 FAFSA

May 20, 2016

Comments on the Department of Education's draft Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 award year. We recommend specific changes in order to ensure that the student aid application process is as easy and transparent as possible for students and their families.