The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is currently unavailable. The DRT, which is used to retrieve student (and parent or spouse) tax data and auto fill the financial section of the FAFSA, is expected to be unavailable for several weeks.

While this may be an inconvenience, the outage does not prevent students (and parents) from completing the FAFSA. They can still complete the FAFSA using their 2015 tax information (for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial aid years), which will need to be entered manually in those fields on the FAFSA.

For more information, see this article or view this video.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 214-333-5363 or

Self Help Aid - Employment




Federal Work-Study / Texas College Work-Study Programs

DBU participates in the Federal and State College Work-Study programs. These programs are designed to provide part-time employment for students with financial need who wish to help pay a part of their educational expenses by working on campus or community service.

Federal/Texas Work-Study is awarded by the Office of Financial Aid. A work-study award is based on a student's eligibility and often works in combination with other forms of financial aid to help meet educational expenses. Students desiring to work are required to seek jobs on campus by contacting offices which employ work-study students and interviewing with the work-study supervisor in that office. Federal and State work study funds may only be utilized by the student if a work position is secured.

On occasion the Office of Financial Aid will assist students in seeking employment, but it is the responsibility of the student to find a job. Students may contact the Office of Financial Aid for information on their eligibility to receive work-study funds.

  • Students are required to work with their supervisors to have all necessary paperwork completed BEFORE they start their job.
  • Students who participate in this program work an average of 15 hours per week.
  • General wage policies are established by the University within the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education.
  • Work-study students are NOT eligible for fringe benefits such as holiday, vacation, or sick pay.
  • Each office that employs work-study students provides job descriptions.

Other Student Employment

DBU provides employment services to students through the Career Services Office located on the first floor of the Dean Learning Center.

Students are encouraged to make use of these services for assistance in locating part-time employment on or off campus.

Financial Aid Forms Questions about Fees & Payments Contact Financial Aid


Again this year, the Federal government is offering a number of tax incentives

(some of which were set to go away)

that could help lower the cost of higher education for some families.

Follow the link below to learn about some of these incentives that may be available to you as you prepare your 2016 axes.


Tax Incentives for the 2016 Tax Year


Financial Aid Questions? Get Video Answers Ready to Apply? Thinking About DBU? Grants Scholarships Loans Tuition & Housing Costs

Information regarding specific yearly amounts for each Federal Aid program is available in the FINANCIAL AID STUDENT GUIDE, published annually by the US Department of Education.

Click HERE to view that publication online.