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:

Past articles include:


Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, heads runs an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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