What is an FSA ID, and how can I get an FSA ID?

FSA means Federal Student Aid, so an FSA ID is a Federal Student Aid ID. It can be used to access your personal information on various Department of Education websites. You can also use it to provide electronic signatures on various Department of Education websites.

The FSA ID replaced the FSA PIN (also known as the FAFSA PIN) in May 2015. Therefore the FSA ID will not be the same as any FSA PIN / FAFSA PIN that you may have previously obtained.

To create an FSA ID, follow the steps below:

1. Visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.

2. Enter your email address and create a username and password as directed. The rules for the password are that it must be eight characters or longer, and that it must have at least one uppercase letter, at least one lowercase letter, and at least one number. Remember that this is separate from any other username / password you may have previously created, but if you want to make it match some other account credentials you have, that's your choice.

RECOMMENDATION: Write down the username and password that you create at this step to keep in a safe place. The username / password will be your FSA ID, and it will not be e-mailed to you.

3. On the following page, enter your social security number, name, and birth date as directed.

4. On the following page, enter more information as directed, such as your phone number and address.

If you have an FSA PIN / FAFSA PIN from the past, you can try entering it at this point to import the data associated with your PIN. Make sure to review any imported data for accuracy.

5. The following page is about security. First create four security questions. You'll select the first two by choosing questions from a drop-down menu and providing answers. Create the last two questions by writing the questions yourself and providing answers.

Lastly, enter some significant date in your life in MMDDYYYY format. Enter only numbers, and do not include any spaces or other punctuation. For example, February 14, 2016 would be 02142016.

6. On the following page, review all information and agree to the terms. The Agree button will be located at the bottom of the page. After agreeing, do not close the page. Leave the page open.

7. Access your e-mail with a different device, or different browser or browser tab. Look for an e-mail from FSA-ID.ed.gov with the subject line "Important: Your FSA ID E-mail Validation - Action Required". It may take up to 30 minutes to receive the e-mail.

8. When you get the e-mail, note the verification code it contains.

9. Return to the FSA ID application page that you left open, and enter the verification code from the e-mail. At this point, your FSA ID will be activated / verified.

Note that if both the student and parent are required to sign a FAFSA, they will each need their own FSA ID, and each FSA ID must be associated with a unique e-mail address. Only a student FSA ID can be used to log into www.fafsa.ed.gov or to begin corrections to a FAFSA. A parent FSA ID can be used to apply for Parent Plus loans if desired.

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