Federal Government Shutdown Information
Although the federal government is partially shut down, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) remains open. The U.S. Department of Education which oversees administration of the FAFSA is fully funded for the current year.
Students may experience processing issues with the 2018-19 and 2019-20 FAFSA which require certain database matches. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) will periodically be unavailable due to maintenance. If the tool is unavailable please manually enter the information.
If students are flagged for verification they may seek guidance from the U.S. Department of Education at the following link: https://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/010919Chngsto1819and1920VerificationReq.html
The shutdown will not affect students with a complete financial aid file. Please contact your institution for any remaining documents needed to complete your file.