The Delaware Department of Education reminded high school seniors and their families that they can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid while the IRS data retrieval tool is unavailable.

IRS officials are working to fix the data retrieval tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov, but anticipate it will be unavailable for several weeks. The tool provides tax data that automatically fills in information for part of the FAFSA and the Income-Driven Repayment plan application.

“Families still can apply for financial aid at this time,” said Shana Payne, director of the department’s Higher Education Office. “When applicants fill out the FASFA and apply for the IDR plan, they can use the information from their tax returns to manually fill in the requested financial information.”

The deadline to complete the forms for those applying for the Scholarship Incentive Program and professional incentive loans in Delaware is April 15.

The online FASFA and IDR application are operational despite the data retrieval tool being unavailable.

The IRS temporarily suspended the data retrieval tool as a precautionary measure while officials work to improve its data security.

Those who need copies of their tax returns can request them online by visiting irs.gov/transcript or call 800-908-9946 and a transcript will be delivered to the address of record within five to 10 days.