Office of Financial Aid

University of Mississippi

Inconsistent FAFSA Information Reported

The Department of Education selected your 2017-18 FAFSA for inconsistent data because one or more income or tax amounts differs from an amount reported on your 2016-17 FAFSA. Therefore, the Office of Financial Aid must resolve the inconsistency before awarding or disbursing any federal financial aid for 2016-17 or 2017-18. To resolve the issue, we may require the submission of signed copies of the 2015 Federal tax return (for student/spouse and parent tax filers), 2015 W-2 forms, and applicable IRS tax schedules as requested.

Because the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently unavailable for the 2017-18 academic year the Department of Education allows financial aid administrators to accept signed copies of the 2015 Federal tax return to verify income tax information (rather than imported information from the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or submission of an IRS Tax Return Transcript). However, if the student (or spouse if married), or parent tax filer is unable or chooses not to submit a signed copy of the 2015 Federal tax return, student (and spouse if married) or parent tax filers must submit the 2015 Tax Return Transcript(s)—NOT the “Account Transcript.” To request a transcript, the tax filer must contact the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 or visit, click on “Get a Tax Transcript” under the Tools list on the IRS homepage.

Based on our review for inconsistent FAFSA data, we may ask for additional information or documentation as needed. This may result in potential corrections to your 2016-17 FAFSA and/or 2017-18 FAFSA, and possibly tax documents submitted for review. After we complete our review to resolve conflicting information, please be aware that the Office of Financial Aid may need to adjust your financial aid awarding, which may result in possible paybacks of awarded federal or need-based aid.

For information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1-800-891-4596 or email