FSA ID FAQs
You’ll need a FAFSA ID (not a Federal Student Aid PIN) in order to fill out your FAFSA this year!
November 18, 2015
In case you haven’t heard, the FSA ID replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN last May. That means, you’ll need a FSA ID in order to fill out your FAFSA this year!
Here’s all of the information you need about the FSA ID, including what it is, how you get one and what you should do in case you lose it:
What’s a FSA ID?
The FSA ID is a username and password that allows you to electronically submit and sign your FAFSA form. It identifies you in order to access your personal information on any U.S. Department of Education websites, like your FAFSA information.
Additionally, your FSA ID can be utilized to sign loan contracts and access helpful information online from U.S. Department of Education websites.
I Have a Federal Student Aid PIN. Do I Need an ID?
In order to increase security and improve usability, the FSA ID replaced the “Federal Student Aid PIN” in May of 2015. If you haven’t logged in after May 10, 2015, you will need to create a FSA ID. The good news is, if you still have your PIN, you are able to save time by entering it while registering for your FSA ID.
If you forgot your PIN, you can find it by answering one of your security questions.
If you don’t remember the answer or don’t want to make the effort, don’t worry! You are also able to create an entirely new FAFSA ID without it, because a PIN isn’t required in order to create a FSA ID.
Once you obtain a new FAFSA ID, you will no longer need your PIN.
Do Parents of Dependent Students Need Their Own FSA ID?
YES, even if your student is “dependent” status, you will need your own FSA ID in order to sign your student’s FAFSA electronically. Dependent students need to have one legal parent sign their FSA form, so you should create a FAFSA ID as well.
I’m a Parent of More Than One College Student: Do I Need a Separate FSA ID for Each?
NO – as a parent, you only need one FSA ID. You’re able to use the same FSA ID to sign each of your student’s FAFSA applications.
How Do I Obtain/Create a FAFSA ID?
You can always get your FSA ID as you fill out the FAFSA (if you don’t have one, you will be prompted to get one), but you are also able to get it ahead of time – saving you the hassle of getting it while you’re focusing on filling out the form.
How do you create one? It’s easy to create a FSA ID!
1. Create your log-in information
Your log-in information will consist of your email address, a username and password. You’ll also have to verify that you’re at least 13 years old in order to proceed.
2. Enter your personal information
In order to fill out this section and obtain a FAFSA ID, you’ll need to enter your social security number, name and date of birth. You’ll also be asked for your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number and language preferences. In order to maintain security, you’ll enter answers to five “challenge” questions too.
Once you’ve handled the first two steps, you’ll need to submit the information. Before you’re able to do this, you’ll need to agree to some terms and conditions. Then, you’ll want to verify your email address.
While verifying your email address is optional, it’s recommended because doing so allows you to utilize your email address as a user login on some sites. Plus, it allows you to retrieve your password without having to answer your security questions, in case it gets lost.
Will My FSA ID Ever Expire?
Your username will never expire; however, your FSA ID password expires every 18 months (unless you change it beforehand).
Can I Have Someone I Trust Create My FSA ID for Me?
No – you should never have anyone create your information or give them your FSA ID information, no matter who it is! This is not only for security reasons, but also because you’re more likely to remember login information and “challenge” questions you’ve filled out.
Sharing Your FSA ID:
It’s important to remember that your FSA ID is used to sign legally-binding electronic documents. That means, it’s as valid (same legal status) as a written signature. Because of this, you should NEVER give your FSA ID or password to anyone – even if they’re just helping you fill out your FSA forms. Giving your FSA ID out to anyone can put you at great risk for identity theft, so keep it in a safe spot that only you can access.
Can I Use My Email to Create More Than One FSA ID?
You can only use one email address per FSA ID. If you forgot your FSA ID, you will not be able to register another FAFSA ID with the same email. When you forget your FSA ID, you’re able to request a secure code be sent to your email in order to reset your username and/or password.
How Long Will It Take to Get My FSA ID?
From the time you apply, it can take anywhere from one to three days to receive an email letting you know the process is complete. That’s because your information needs to be verified with the SSA. Once you receive the email, you are able to use your FSA ID to access all of your financial aid information online.
What do I do if I forget my FSA ID?
Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your FSA ID username, password or both. You can retrieve this information through your email address (if verified) or by correctly answering the “challenge” questions you filled out when you created your FAFSA ID.
My FSA ID Says “Locked!” What Now?
You are able to unlock your FSA ID two ways: through email or correctly answering your challenge questions. Once your FAFSA ID have been unlocked, you will need to reset your password.
I think My FSA ID Information was Stolen – HELP!
If you’re worried your FSA ID was stolen or if it has been used by someone else, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) immediately.
You can find all of the answers on the FSA ID section of the Federal Student Aid website.
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