My sister is in college and she applied for financial aid so my dad
already has an FSA ID. Should I create a new FSA ID or use the same one?
— Perla C.
An FSA ID is used to sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) electronically. Each person signing the form must have their
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own FSA ID. Your father can use his existing FSA ID, but you must get your
own FSA ID. You cannot use your sister's FSA ID. You can get an FSA ID at
I am filling out my first financial aid form. The form asks for the
number of people in my household. I am 18 and not working, my Dad
provides all my financial support. I understand that I should list
both of us in this section. But what about my Dad's girlfriend and her
son (not my Dad's child) that have lived with us for the past 8 years?
Do I list them as well as household members, as my Dad does contribute
to their support? She works as well. Do I have to list her income?
— Dan G.
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You should count your father and yourself (and your siblings, if any)
in household size on the FAFSA. If your father's girlfriend and her
children live with you (and will continue living with you) and your
father provides more than half their support, they get counted in
household size as well.
Since your father's girlfriend has a job, your father will have to
determine whether he provides more than half her support and half her
child's support. This means calculating the total of the support he
provides and the total of the support she provides and comparing the
two figures. Note that support includes the fair rental value of the
The income earned by your father's girlfriend is not reported on the
FAFSA, regardless of whether she is counted in household size or
not. Any support she provides to you, however, is reported as untaxed
income to you.
If your father were to marry his girlfriend, then her income would be
reported on the FAFSA.