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What is an FSA ID and how do I get one?

FSA ID stands for Federal Student Aid ID. You can use an FSA ID to access personal information or to electronically sign on various Department of Education (ED) websites. The FSA ID is not the same as the username and password that you may have created to access our website. It is also not the same as an FSA PIN or FAFSA PIN that you may have previously created. The FSA ID system replaced the FSA PIN/FAFSA PIN system on May 10, 2015.

If you don't already have an FSA ID, you can create one by following these steps:

1. Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.

2. On the first page, provide your e-mail address and create a username and password. This is separate from any past username/password that you may have created anywhere else. The password must be at least eight characters long, and it must contain at least one uppercase letter, lowercase letter, and number.

TIP: The username and password that you create at this step will be your FSA ID, and it will not be e-mailed to you, so please write it down.

3. On the next page, enter your social security number, name, and date of birth.

4. On the next page, enter further information like your address and phone number.

If you have a PIN from a past year, you can enter that at this step to import your old PIN information. If you do import information using a PIN, please review it to make sure it is still correct before proceeding.

5. On the next page, create four different security questions. For the first two, you will choose questions from a drop-down menu and provide answers. For the last two, you will write the questions yourself and provide answers.

Lastly, provide a significant date in your life in the format of MMDDYYYY. For example, January 1, 2015 in the MMDDYYYY format would be 01012015. Do not include any letters, slashes, dashes, or commas in the date.

6. On the next page, review the information and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Agree button.

7. Leave that page open, and access your e-mail separately, such as by opening a separate browser tab or by using a separate device.

When you see an e-mail from FSA-ID.ed.gov with the subject line "Important: Your FSA ID E-mail Validation - Action Required," open the e-mail and note the secure code within it.

Return to the FSA ID application page that you left open, and enter the secure code from the e-mail. After this, your FSA ID will be verified/activated, and you will be able to use it to electronically sign a FAFSA application. If both the student and a parent are required to sign a FAFSA, the student and parent will each need their own FSA ID. You can learn more about electronically signing the FAFSA here.

* Please note that each FSA ID account must have a unique e-mail address. For example, if a student and a parent both need an FSA ID, they must apply for separate FSA IDs using separate e-mail addresses.

** The FSA ID will be used in all areas that the PINs were previously needed for. The student will use the FSA ID to log into the account at www.fafsa.ed.gov and all other government websites affiliated with federal aid, make corrections to the FAFSA, electronically sign the FAFSA and Master Promissory Note, import tax information and complete the entrance counseling. It is very important that they remember their FSA ID or have it recorded in a safe place. The parent's FSA ID will be used to sign the FAFSA, import tax information, and apply for Parent Plus loans if desired.

*** A parent cannot use their FSA ID to log into www.fafsa.ed.gov or to initiate FAFSA corrections. Only the student's FSA ID can be used for those activities.

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