2. Get an FSA ID
Students and Parents should apply for a federal student aid FSA ID which is comprised of a user-selected username and password. With your FSA ID, you can "sign" your FAFSA electronically and complete the federal student aid process completely online. Also you can make corrections to your application once it is filed and access your information online. If you are under 24 years old, it is likely you and one of your parents will each need an FSA ID. You can apply for an FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov. You will use the same FSA ID to reapply and to access your student aid records each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an FSA ID and what is it used for?
An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access you own personal Information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature.
When should I get an FSA ID?
You, and your parent if you’re a dependent student, can apply for an FSA ID any time. If you don’t have one by the time you fill out your FAFSA, you will be prompted to apply for one. However, if you think the Social Security Administration might have the wrong name or date of birth for you in its records, go to www.ssa.gov to find out how to correct any errors. Your information must be correct with SSA before you can get an FSA ID and your FAFSA can be processed.
How do I get an FSA ID?
You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain ED websites, including this one. Create an FSA ID now.
The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:
1. Enter your log-in information.
- Provide your e-mail address, a unique username and password and verify that you are at least 13 years old.
2. Enter your personal information.
- Provide your Social Security number, name and date of birth.
- Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number and language preference.
- For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.
3. Submit your FSA ID information.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Verify your e-mail address. (Note: By verifying your e-mail address, you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain ED websites. This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering challenge questions.)
What if I forgot my FSA ID username or password?If you have forgotten your username or password, don't worry you'll find links that give you the option of retrieving your username or password through your verified e-mail address or by successfully answering your challenge questions.
If you have forgotten your username but verified your e-mail address when creating your FSA ID, you can use your e-mail address in place of your username whenever you are logging in with your FSA ID.