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How do I provide an electronic signature?

The Department of Education (ED) requires signatures for FAFSA processing. A signature can be provided by printing a signature form, signing it by hand, and mailing it, or it can be provided by an electronic signature process. Both methods are equally valid.

A signature is always required from the student, and if the student is determined to be dependent, an additional signature is required from a parent. These signatures can be provided by mail or electronically for an initial FAFSA application. For making any corrections to an existing application, signatures must be provided electronically.

An electronic signature requires an FSA ID. For dependent students, where both a student and parent are required to sign the FAFSA, the student and parent will need separate FSA IDs. To get an FSA ID, go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.html and follow the instructions there.

Once you have your FSA ID, go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and click Log In. If you are the student, enter your FSA ID to log in. If you are the student's parent, enter the student's name, social security number, and date of birth to log in. On the next page, click Provide Signatures or Make FAFSA Corrections, whatever the case may be for your FAFSA, and you will then be able to use your FSA ID as your electronic signature.

You will be able to use an FSA ID to electronically sign first-time FAFSA applications immediately, however you may need to wait approximately three days before you can use it to submit a correction to an existing FAFSA application. If you're interested in more information about FSA IDs, you can learn more about them here.

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