an overview of the FSA ID

Posted : October 29, 2015
Last Updated : October 29, 2015
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an overview of the FSA ID

The FSA ID is a username and password combination that allows you to access your personal records on certain U.S. Department of Education websites and acts as your digital signature on some online forms, such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here is an overview of the FSA ID.

FSA ID Replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN
On May 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN with the FSA ID in order to increase security for users. If you haven't logged into a Federal Student Aid site (such as fafsa.gov) since this date, you will need to create an FSA ID before you can log in going forward. If you already have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FSA ID. This will save you time when registering for your FSA ID. However, a PIN is not required to create a FSA ID so if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN, you can just create your FSA ID from scratch.

Creating your FSA ID
You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Creating your FSA ID consists of three steps:

  1. Enter your login information.
    -- Provide your email address
    -- Create a unique username and password
    -- 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, email address, telephone number, and language preference.
    -- Provide answers to five challenge questions for security purposes.
  3. Submit your FSA ID information.
    -- Agree to the terms and conditions.
    -- Verify your email address.

As mentioned above, if you already have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you can link your PIN to your FSA ID and immediately use your FSA ID to access your personal information on certain U.S. Department of Education websites. If you don't have a PIN or don't link your PIN to your FSA ID, then your FSA ID is considered conditional until your information is verified with the Social Security Administration. You may use your FSA ID to sign an original FAFSA, but you cannot use it for anything else until it is verified, which usually takes one to three days from the date you apply.

Using your FSA ID
You can use your FSA ID to access your personal information on any of these U.S. Department of Education websites:

FAFSA on the Web at fafsa.gov

  • Electronically sign your FAFSA
  • Import your tax information from the Internal Revenue Service
  • Pre-fill data in this year's FAFSA on the Web application if you filed a FAFSA last year
  • Make online corrections to an existing FAFSA
  • View or print an online copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)

My Federal Student Aid at studentaid.gov/login or the National Student Loan Data System at nslds.ed.gov

  • View history of any federal student aid that you have received
  • Look up your loan servicer's contact information

Federal Student Aid's Student Loan Website at studentloans.gov

  • Complete entrance and exit counseling
  • Electronically sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  • Complete PLUS loan requests
  • Estimate your student loan payments using the Repayment Estimator
  • Apply for an income-driven repayment plan or a consolidation loan

Agreement to Serve (ATS) at teach-ats.ed.gov

  • Sign your ATS for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program

Parent FSA ID
If you are a dependent student, then your parent will need an FSA ID of his own if he wants to sign your FAFSA electronically. You and your parent may not share an FSA ID, as it serves as a signature and must be unique to each person.

Protecting your FSA ID
Since your FSA ID is used to access your personal records and form binding legal agreements, you should never share your FSA ID with anyone, including a professional who is helping you fill out the FAFSA. If your FSA ID is lost or stolen, you must update your username and password by selecting "Edit My FSA ID" on the login page. Contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID if you are concerned that your FSA ID has been misused.

For more information regarding the FSA ID, please review FSA ID Frequently Asked Questions.


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