Access and Use of Federal Tax Information (FTI)

What is Federal Tax Information (FTI)?

Starting with the 2024-25 award year, FAFSA contributors (student and spouse or parent/stepparent, as applicable) must give the U.S. Department of Education (ED) consent to retrieve federal tax information (FTI) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for purposes of determining a student's eligibility for Title IV federal student aid. If the student, spouse, or parent fails to provide consent, the student is not eligible for Title IV aid--no exceptions.   

FTI for each tax filer includes the following: 

  • Tax year (e.g., 2022 tax year information for the 2024-25 FAFSA); 
  • Tax filing status; 
  • Adjust Gross Income (AGI); 
  • Number of dependents; 
  • Income earned from work; 
  • Taxes paid; 
  • Educational tax credits; 
  • Untaxed individual retirement arrangement/account (IRA) distributions; 
  • IRA deductions and payments; 
  • Untaxed pension amounts 
  • Tax-exempt interest; 
  • Schedule C net profit/loss; 
  • Indicators for Schedules A, B, D, E, F, and H; and 
  • IRS response code. 

Please Note: Student Aid Index (SAI) and Pell Eligibility are also included under FTI confidentiality protections and cannot be shared with individuals other than the student without the student's written consent (see below).