The FAFSA IRS Retrieval Tool to Return for Fall FAFSA Start

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James Runcie, the Chief Operating Officer for the US Department of Education’s Office of Financial Aid, provided written testimony to Congress yesterday about the return of the IRS Retrieval Tool.  He said the “encryption solution” for the software security vulnerability in the tool will be in place for the start of the 2017-2018 FAFSA cycle on October 1st, 2017.  So it will not be available for the remainder of this cycle, which will require the estimated 8 percent yet to file to manually enter that information.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has done a series of articles on the outage.  The most recent one is here: http://www.chronicle.com/article/As-Fafsa-Tool-Outage/239988?cid=wcontentlist_hp_latest

Past articles include:

 

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The Department of Education Shuts Down a Key Tool Used to Complete the FAFSA

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The United States Department of Education has shutdown the IRS Retrieval Tool, a key tool used when filling out the FAFSA.  The FAFSA website has this announcement:

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable at this time. We regret any inconvenience.

To fill out a FAFSA, you can manually input your tax information. Remember, if you’re filling out the 2017–18 FAFSA form, your 2015 tax information is required (not 2016).

Politico reported that the IRS and the Education Department confirmed that the tool was shut off because of concerns that the data being used by identity thieves.  According to Politico the IRS and the Education Department joint statement said the action was “a precautionary step following concerns that information from the tool could potentially be misused by identity thieves.”  The tool could be “unavailable for several weeks.”

The absence of the tool means that students will have to enter the IRS data themselves.  Until now, the tool has been available for seven years.

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Apply Now: JALC Scholarship Application Deadlines

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This is from the JALC Foundation office:

APPLY ONLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS NOW! COMPLETE ONE APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SPRING AND FALL 2017 SCHOLARSHIPS 

https://jalc.academicworks.com

SPRING 2017, Application Deadline: November 15, 2016

Fall 2017, Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

The John A. Logan College Foundation recently launched a new scholarship management system to help provide students with a streamlined tool to search and apply for scholarships. The software targets the 2017 general scholarship application process, which is open now.  The deadline for Spring 2017 scholarships is November 15th, 2016.  The deadline for Fall 2017 scholarships is February 1, 2017.

The general application, which matches students with available scholarships, is now shorter, taking less time to complete. The AcademicWorks system also is better able to match students with scholarships pertaining to their specific major or other scholarship-based criteria. Continue reading “Apply Now: JALC Scholarship Application Deadlines”

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Important New Financial Aid Date: October 1, 2016

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next school year (2017-2018) will be available in less than a month, on October 1st.  Normally, the application would not be available until January 1, 2017.  It is important that anyone seeking financial aid for next school year fill out the FAFSA early, especially because the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant program uses the initial application date to determine student eligibility for MAP funding.  It is recommended you file in October or early November.  Read the full announcement from the JALC Financial Aid Office posted below. Continue reading “Important New Financial Aid Date: October 1, 2016”

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