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2017-2018 and 2018-2019 FAFSA Cycles


The IRS DRT (Date Retrieval Tool) will not return for the 2017-18 FAFSA cycle.  Students and families who need to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA form should manually enter their tax return information into the form.

The income information needed to complete the FAFSA and apply for an IDR plan can be found on your 2015 tax return.  If you did not retain a copy of your tax return, you may be able to access the tax software you used to prepare your return or contact your tax preparer to obtain a copy.

If you are unable to obtain a copy of your tax return, you may visit to view and download a summary of your tax return, called a tax transcript, at Get Transcript Online.  You must verify your identity to use this tool.  You also may use Get Transcript by Mail or call 1.800.908.9946, and a transcript will be delivered to your address of record within five to ten days.


The 2018-19 FAFSA cycle began on Oct 1, 2017.  The application is available until June 30, 2019.

The IRS DRT is available for the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle.

Beginning with the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle, tax return information transferred from the IRS into 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

→Learn more about the IRS DRT and get answers to FAQs here!←

Continuing in 2018-2019

Continuing in the 2018-19 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 late May/early June when their Financial Aid Package is available for review via the Student Center in PeopleSoft. Depending on the types of aid in the Financial Aid Package, a student may need to take further action before the awards are finalized.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If the award 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 on-line in the Financial Aid Section of the Student Center.  Loans offered, but not accepted, will not appear as anticipated aid on the student account.

We have created two guides to assist you in this transition – Guide to Understanding Your Financial Aid Package and Guide to Your Financial Aid in PeopleSoft.

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

If you have questions, please contact your Student Administrative Services Representative as listed below at 315.268.6451. 

Last name begins with:

A - D

Mary Chris Jones

E - K

Gerri Snyder

L - Q

Tina Martin

R - Z

Barbara Russell

Graduate Students

Abby DeCastro

New Students should contact Admissions at 315.268.6480.

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.

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FSA ID Help? 

Click to watch a video on How to Create an FSA ID

IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES with your FSA ID, help is available at, including specific instructions for unlocking and resetting passwords.  If you have reviewed the information at 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 by clicking here.

Need to send documents to our Financial Aid Office? Please click here for instructions on how to FileDrop those documents.