Complete the FAFSA online. Be certain that you are using to assure that you are using the secure federal processing site. You will complete the FAFSA after October 1, 2021, for the next academic year (2022-2023). Use your 2020 tax information. You may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to ensure the accuracy of tax data submitted. A record cannot be created by EVMS Financial Aid for incoming students until the FAFSA is received with your social security number.

The FSA ID you used during your undergraduate years is the same one you will use now. If you did not use federal aid or cannot remember your FSA ID, you can go online to create or retrieve your FSA ID. Keep this information in a safe place as you will use it to apply for student loans and access information after graduation. 

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is the most accurate way of transferring your income data to the FAFSA. If you do not or cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer data and you are selected for verification, you must provide a federal tax transcript for that process. A copy of your signed tax return is not sufficient. 

You will also need current asset information, even if you weren't required to provide that for the FAFSA process. Enter current checking, savings, and cash on hand (liquid assets) as of the date you file your FAFSA. You also need to include net investments (restricted assets) such as certificates of deposit, stocks, or bonds. If you are not able to complete this on the FAFSA, you may include this information on your EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship application. 

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is the most accurate option for transferring data to your FAFSA. 

According to the U. S. Department of Education: "The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students and parents may transfer the data directly into their FAFSA."

If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:

  1. It’s the easiest way to provide your tax data.
  2. It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
  3. You won’t need to provide a copy of your or your parents’ tax returns to your college.

If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to provide tax information and EVMS requests a copy of your tax return or your parents’ tax return, you may be required to obtain an official tax transcript from the IRS.

In order to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:

  1. Enter your FSA ID* and select "Link to IRS."
  2. Your FAFSA will be saved and you will be transferred to the IRS website.
  3. On the IRS website, enter the requested information.
  4. Once the IRS has validated your identification, your IRS tax information will display. You can either transfer your information from the IRS or choose to return to FAFSA on the web from the IRS website. If you do not transfer your information or choose not to return from the IRS website, you will have to log in to open your saved FAFSA.
  5. If you'd transfer your IRS tax information, questions that are populated with tax information will be marked with “Transferred from the IRS.”

*You will not be asked to enter your FSA ID if you entered an FSA ID to begin your FAFSA.

In cases of verification, the U.S. Department of Education no longer allows the use of signed tax returns alone. Official tax transcripts are required. 

Order a tax transcript or get FAFSA help. If you have questions, please contact EVMS Financial Aid by phone at 757.446.5804 or by email at

Review your FAFSA results (student aid report) for accuracy after your application has been processed. The comments section of your student aid report will indicate if you have been selected for verification.

Verification is required on approximately one in three FAFSA applications. The items verified can vary each year as dictated by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Education. A portion of the verification requirement is satisfied by your EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application and your official federal tax transcript, but other documentation or processes may be required. Please comply within 15 days of all requests concerning verification made by EVMS Financial Aid. Failure to comply in a timely manner will result in a hold on any processing of any federal or institutional financial aid award pending receipt of needed information.

If you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool successfully to transfer your federal tax information to your FAFSA, it is not necessary to provide the official tax transcript. In certain situations, it is not possible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. In those situations, if you are selected for verification, you will need to provide an official tax transcript as mentioned above. Order a tax transcript.

There is U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII financial aid available only for Doctor of Medicine students at EVMS. Available Title VII financial aid includes Loans for Disadvantaged Students and Primary Care Loans. Please review the HRSA site for details on eligibility.

To apply:

  1. Indicate your interest in your online EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application.
  2. For Loans for Disadvantaged Students only:
    • write a brief essay explaining why you qualify (economic or environmental);  
    • provide your parents' financial information on your FAFSA and one parent's signature via his or her FAFSA PIN;  
    • provide a signed copy of your parent's tax return for the appropriate year;
      • If your parents did not and were not required to file federal taxes, they must complete the non-filer statement.
    • provide a parents' asset statement and 
    • provide a signed copy of your federal tax return transcript for the information provided on the FAFSA (if you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your data).
      • If you did not and were not required to file a federal tax return, provide a student's non-filer statement. 

Primary Care Loans are based on your commitment to serve as a primary care physician following your education at EVMS.

Both loans carry a low-interest rate and interest subsidies while enrolled and in residency. Only Loans for Disadvantaged Students may be consolidated with other federal education loans and thus may be eligible for public service loan forgiveness and/or income-based repayment options. 

Please contact EVMS Financial Aid by phone at 757.446.5804 or by email at with any questions you have about the application process.