Updating a filed fafsa
If you made a mistake in reporting your Social Security number, you could also ask the financial aid offices at the schools on your list whether you should start over again and submit a new FAFSA.As part of FSA’s ongoing effort to expand usage of the IRS DRT, Federal Student Aid emailed students and parents of dependent students who did not use the IRS DRT when completing the 2018-19 FAFSA form. If the Department of Education considers you an independent student or if updating your FAFSA will decrease your Pell Grant, do not make any updates to your FAFSA. First, visit to find out if you’re a dependent or an independent student. Follow the instructions below to find out if you need to update your FAFSA after you’re married.Instead, contact the financial aid office and request a budget increase from a single student to a married student.
For example, do not change your answer for household size or for number in college unless your answer was incorrect as of the date your FAFSA was originally signed.
The email is meant to encourage parents to return to fafsa.gov, transfer their 2016 tax return information into the FAFSA form using the data retrieval tool (DRT), and submit the correction.
The email also discourages parents from revising data that was accurate at the time the FAFSA form was originally filed, such as household size or number in college.
Our suspicion is that the FSA sent the email (below) in an effort to encourage more users of DRT, that may have been scared away from using it in the fall because of glitches and fear of the security issues the system had in the spring of 2017, which led to it’s We recommend that you log in to your 2018–19 FAFSA form and transfer your 2016 tax information electronically from the IRS.
If you don’t, you may be required to provide IRS tax return documentation to your school before you can receive financial aid.
You can access the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year starting on Oct. The department also changed the tax year from which families should submit income information.