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.