2021-2022 and 2022-2023 FAFSA Cycles

Fill out the FAFSA right from your phone -- the FAFSA mobile app (myStudentAid) is now available! You may download the myStudentAid app from both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). The myStudentAid mobile app provides the following features:

  • myFAFSA: Complete the FAFSA safely and securely from your mobile device
  • Profile: Manage your FSA ID
  • myFederalLoans: View federal student aid history
  • Contact Us: Contact information for FSA’s contact centers
  • StudentAid.gov: Access Federal Student Aid’s key source of information about the federal student aid programs, application process, and loan repayment options


The 2021-2022 FAFSA cycle began on October 1, 2020. The application is available until June 30, 2022. The income information needed to complete the FAFSA can be found on your 2019 tax return. The IRS DRT (Data Retrieval Tool) is available for the 2021-22 FAFSA cycle. Tax return information transferred from the IRS into the FAFSA now has stronger security and privacy protections.

  • As a result, the tax information transferred from the IRS does not display on the IRS DRT web page, on the FAFSA form, or on the Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Instead of the user’s tax information being displayed, the phrase “Transferred from the IRS” appears in the appropriate fields on the FAFSA.


The 2022-23 FAFSA cycle will begin on October 1, 2021. Please consider using the "myStudent Aid" app (the FAFSA mobile app) to complete or renew your FAFSA. The income needed to complete the FAFSA can be found on your 2020 tax return.

The Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service have partnered together so that students and families can retrieve their tax data directly from the IRS when completing the FAFSA.

We recommend you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process.  If you are selected for verification, in many cases you will not have to submit copies of tax transcripts before your financial aid eligibility is finalized.

This tutorial will guide you through using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Credit for this video goes to the University of California at Santa Barbara

IRS Data Retrieval Tips

When using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool you must enter your name and address EXACTLY (upper/lower case) as it appears on your tax return. The USPS may have updated your address to be postal compliant (ie. Street will be updated to ST).

  • The following applicants will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:
  • Applicant or parent of a dependent student who filed an extension to file for tax year 2015 and have not filed as of October 15, 2016.
  • A married independent applicant and spouse who filed separate tax returns.
  • Parents of a dependent student who filed separate tax returns.
  • An applicant or applicant’s parent who had a change in marital status after December 31, 2014.
  • Unmarried parents living together.

If you already filed your FAFSA but did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may do so at www.fafsa.gov.  After entering your identifying information, click on “Make FAFSA Corrections” located in the middle of the page.

Learn more about the IRS DRT and get answers to FAQs Read our blog post about filling out the FAFSA

Continuing in 2021-2022

Continuing in the 2021-22 aid year, the Financial Aid Office will not be sending paper Financial Aid Notifications (FANs) to upper-class continuing and readmitted students.

Students will receive an email in mid-late June when their Financial Aid Package is available for review via myCU. Depending on the types of aid in the Financial Aid Package, a student may need to take further action before the package is finalized.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If the financial aid package includes Federal Direct Loans and/or a Clarkson Loan, the loans will not be processed until the student has either Accepted, Declined, or Reduced the loan(s) and submitted the response online in the Financial Aid section of myCU. Loans offered, but not accepted, will not appear as anticipated aid on the student account.

We have created two guides to assist you with this process – Guide to Understanding Your Financial Aid Package and Viewing Your Financial Aid in myCU.

You will receive an email notification when the initial package is created and each time a revision is made to the package.

If you have questions, please contact your Student Achievement Specialist at 315.268.6451.  Undergraduate students may email sas@clarkson.edu and graduate students may email sasgrad@clarkson.edu for assistance.

We understand that higher education is a substantial financial commitment and our staff is dedicated to helping you and your family afford the education you deserve. Students at Clarkson receive various types of federal, state, and university aid including grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Nine out of ten students at Clarkson receive some form of financial aid.

FSA ID Help?

IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES with your FSA ID, help is available at StudentAid.gov, including specific instructions for unlocking and resetting passwords.  If you have reviewed the information at StudentAid.gov/fsaid but are still having difficulty obtaining an FSA ID or logging in with your FSA ID, contact FSAID at 1-800-433-3243. Web chat is also available.

Need to send documents to our Financial Aid Office? Instructions on how to FileDrop those documents.

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