Financial Aid

What's an FSA ID and why do I need one?

What's an FSA ID and why do I need one?

The FSA ID, replacement for the Federal Student Aid PIN, is the username and password you use when you visit certain U.S. Department of Education websites. When you type in your FSA ID at these sites you are saying either "Yes, it's really me" or " Please accept my FSA ID as my signature on this online form".

How do I get an FSA ID?

Visit studentaid.gov/fsaid for more information and to create your FSA ID. You will need the following to get your FSA ID:

  • Your Social Security Number (you must have an SSN to get an FSA ID).
  • Your full name (must match your Social Security Card).
  • Your date of birth.
  • Although you're not required to provide your email address when you set up your FSA ID, it makes retrieving your username and password easier if you forget them. Just make sure you do not use the same email address as someone else (your parent or spouse). Each email addres can be associated with only one FSA ID.

How will I use my FSA ID?

  • Sign and submit, correct, and check the status of your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Review what federal student aid you have received in the past by logging in at studentaid.gov/login.
  • Sign federal student loan documents, complete loan entrance or exit counseling, and/or apply for income-based loan repayment at studentloans.gov.
  • Visit studentaid.gov/fsaid for more ways you can use your FSA ID.
  • To verifty the amount of loans you have taken or to find out who your loan servicer is visit nslds.ed.gov.

Will the Financial Aid Office keep track of my FSA ID?

  • No, never tell anyone your FSA ID - not even your parent, child, spouse, school official or loan company representative.
  • Remember, your FSA ID is your signature. Protect it!

Can my parents create my FSA ID?

  • Create your own FSA ID.
  • Letting someone else create or use your FSA ID can cause problems or delays with your student aid. 
  • Never make an FSA ID for someone else.

Do my parents need to create an FSA ID?

  • One of your parents might need an FSA ID as well.  
  • If you are required to provide information about your parents on the FAFSA, one of your parents will have to sign the application. Your parent can create an FSA ID and then sign the FAFSA electronically using that FSA ID.
  • Not sure whether you will need to put your parents' information on the FAFSA? Check out https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/dependency.

 

My parents do not have an email address, what can I do?

  • An email address is not required when setting up an FSA ID.
  • If you share an email address with someone else, only one of you will be able to use that email address to create an FSA ID. Each email address can be associated with only one FSA ID. So, for instance, if you're a dependenct student, and you and your mother share an email address, one of you will have to use a different email address when creating an FSA ID.

How soon can I use my FSA ID? Do I need to link my previous PIN?

  • If you had a Federal Student Aid PIN, you can link that with your FSA ID and use your FSA ID immediately on any of the websites that require it.
  • If you did not have a PIN, or did not link it to your FSA ID, at first you will only be able to use your FSA ID to complete, sign and submit an original FAFSA. Within one to three days of creating your FSA ID, you should receive and email indicating that you may now use your FSA ID for all of its purposes - inlcuding submitting a Renewal FAFSA.

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