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Need to Submit Tax Information? Here is the Next Step

Our office has begun the file review process for the 2018-2019 academic year. Here are some of the potential documentation you may need to summit to our office and information on how to obtain these documents.

Need to submit Form 23 or 24 (Student Income) or 25 (Parent Income)?

You will need to do one of the following:

  1. Go to to complete this and all other forms. Either upload your 2016 tax return transcript OR indicate you will use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). Do not do both!
    • If you indicate you will use the IRS DRT, then go back and use the DRT on the FAFSA (under the financial section).
    • You will receive a notification that our office needs additional information from you (Form 98) if you selected the DRT option. You will also be asked to attach a statement informing us you used the DRT when you have completed this step.
  2. If you did not indicate you would use the DRT, then we will need a copy of your 2016 tax return transcript from the IRS. Tax return transcripts can ONLY be obtained by going to the IRS website.

Amended Tax Returns

If you mended your taxes you will need to submit supply a copy of your signed 1040X form along with a copy of your 2016 tax return transcripts from the IRS.

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) automatically transfers your tax return income information from the IRS website directly into your FAFSA. Both parents and students can use it. It’s quick and easy and can be done within minutes!

Use the IRS DRT Tool!

  1. It is the easiest way your FAFSA has the most accurate income-related information.
  2. Both students and parents may use this tool.
  3. Speeds up your financial aid processing (up to 10 times faster)!
  4. Allows you the option of not having to order tax return transcripts from the IRS which, depending on the time of year, can take 2-6 weeks to receive by mail.
  5. Step-by-Step instructions

Who cannot use the IRS DRT?

Students or parents who are married and filed as Married Filing Separately, are married and filed as Head of Household,  or filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return. In these cases you will need to provide a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcripts or copies of your foreign tax returns. Please note that foreign tax returns must include the information translated into English and into US dollars.

How to order IRS Tax Return Transcripts

Federal regulations does not allow our office to accept 1040, 1040-A, nor 1040-EZ tax returns for verification/file review purposes. Parents and students will need to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript when a Tax return Transcript is requested by our office.

A tax return transcript can be obtained immediately online, or by phone and mail. To order one online you will need the following:

  • Your SSN, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from latest tax return
  • Access to your email account
  • Your credit card number or account number from an auto loan, mortgage, home equity loan, or home equity line of credit
  • Access to a mobile phone

To order one by mail, you will need the following:

  • SSN or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Date of birth
  • Mailing address from your latest tax return

If you order one by mail, please note it takes approximately 2 weeks to receive a mailed transcript from the IRS and it should be mailed to your home, not WSU.

To Order Tax Return Transcripts:

Verification of Non-filing Letter from the IRS

Any Independent Students or Parents who indicate they did not file taxes must provide official documentation from the IRS by obtaining a Non-filling Letter from the IRS. You will be asked to supply this letter from the IRS if you indicate you were a non-tax filer on the Student and/or Parent Income Verification Forms.

To obtain this letter:

  1. Fill out and complete the 4506-T form.
  2. We have pre-filled out some of the form for you with the correct information you need to obtain this letter.
  3. Mail or fax the completed form to the correct IRS office based on which state you reside in.
  4. The IRS will send back the confirmation of your non-filing status within 10 business days.
  5. Once you receive the non filing letter from the IRS, supply that letter to our office by uploading it to your Student and/or Parent Income form.

2018-2019 Scholarship Opportunities

WSU Alumni Association Scholarships
The WSU Alumni Association is offering over $250,000 in scholarships to full-time WSU students for the 2018-19 school year They have a separate scholarship application that can be easily accessed from their site. They have scholarships for both incoming and current students, and you do not have to be related to a WSU graduate to receive them … just have great leadership skills!

Multiple scholarships are awarded for each area, so please encourage all WSU students to apply. For more information on scholarships, visit

WSU General Scholarship
Over 700 different scholarship programs are awarded through the Washington State University Scholarship Application. You must submit this application every year to be considered for university awards. The 2018-2019 WSU General Scholarship Application is due on January 31st        

We also recommend completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), as well as the WSU General Scholarship Application. The FAFSA helps us determine your eligibility for any financial need based scholarships.

Don’t forget to explore our database of college and departmental scholarships.

Complete the WSU General Scholarship Application

2018-2019 FAFSA & WAFSA Available October 1st

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)* for 2018-2019 school year open on October 1st! Please pay close attention to our priority deadlines posted below!

Apply At:

FAFSA Students
WASFA Students
*WASFA is for HB 1079 and qualifying DACA students.

Important Change to the 2018-2019 FAFSA

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) will be available for students and parents to transfer their 2016 tax information from the IRS to their 2018-2019 FAFSA.

As you have probably have heard, last year there was a security concern that caused the IRS DRT to be temporarily suspended by the U.S. Department of Education and the IRS. This year there are new enhanced security modifications that you need to know about before using the DRT.

When utilizing the IRS DRT, the new security features will protect your personal information by limiting the information that is displayed. This means when you use the IRS DRT there will be information that you will not be able to see yourself. Do not be concerned by not being able to see your information. The information being pulled is the tax information that you would have filed in 2016. If you know that you filed your taxes correctly, then you should feel comfortable with the information that is being pulled from the IRS.

This new security feature helps secure your information and makes completing your FAFSA easier. Here are some benefits of using the IRS DRT:

  • Transfers required information needed to complete the FAFSA.
  • If you are selected for verification and used the IRS DRT, it will be less time consuming.
  • Choosing not to use the IRS DRT will take more time to process required documents as it involves manually reviewing your documentation.
  • Using the IRS DRT helps avoid the applicant from accidentally filing in information incorrectly.
  • Using the IRS DRT provides a new layer of security of your personal information.

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