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.
Only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. You are not authorized to create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member.
You are not allowed to have an employee or agent of a commercial entity, or other third parties, create an FSA ID for you for any purposes including but not limited to: payment reductions, debt consolidation, or applying for aid. Misrepresentation of your identity to the federal government could result in criminal or civil penalties.
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What is an FSA ID?
An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child’s FAFSA electronically.
Is FSA ID the same as FAFSA ID?
An FSA ID is made up of a username and password and can be used to log into the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. While you aren’t required to have an FSA ID to complete and submit a FAFSA form, it’s the fastest way to sign your application and have it processed.
What is the purpose of the FSA ID?
An FSA ID is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.
How do I create an FSA ID?
Visit StudentAid.gov/fsa-id/create-account to create an FSA ID. You’ll need your Social Security number, full name, and date of birth. You’ll also need to create a memorable username and password, and complete challenge questions and answers so you can retrieve your account information if you forget it.
Do both parents need an FSA ID?
Both the child and the parent must have a unique FSA ID. Do not allow anyone else to create an FSA ID for you. If you think the Social Security Administration (SSA) may have the wrong date of birth in their record for you, this may impact your ability to create an FSA ID.
What if my parent forgot their FSA ID?
You can create an FSA ID if you (the parent) don’t have one. You must have a Social Security number to get an FSA ID. If you (the parent) have an FSA ID but don’t remember your password, reset your forgotten password.
Do I use the same FAFSA ID every year?
You must apply for federal student aid for every school year that you attend. If you are eligible to complete a Renewal FAFSA, you will be asked to provide your FSA ID, as well as answers to income, asset, and tax questions. You must also update any information that has changed since last year.
How do I change my FSA ID?
Log in to your account and go to the “Contact Information” page to update your email address, phone number, or mailing address. The FSA ID and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form each ask for an email address.
How do I find my FSA ID and password?
If you verified your email address or mobile phone number during account creation, you can enter your email address or mobile phone number instead of your username. If you have an FSA ID but do not remember your password, select Forgot Password. Remember, your password is case-sensitive.
Does your FSA ID expire?
Your FSA ID username and password do not expire. You will be prompted to change your password only during account recovery or because of a security event.
Which parent should create an FSA ID?
Only students need to create an FSA ID. But, your parent must create his or her own, separate FSA ID. Your parent shouldn’t use your FSA ID, and you shouldn’t create an FSA ID for your parent. If you’re not sure whether you’re a dependent student, visit StudentAid.gov/dependency.
Do I need a new FAFSA ID for each child?
Make sure everyone gets their own FSA ID. Both students and at least one parent need their own FSA IDs to submit the FAFSA. So if you’re submitting the FAFSA for two students in college, you will need at least three FSA IDs — one for you and one for each of your kids.
How long does an FSA ID last?
Your username will never expire; however, your FSA ID password expires every 18 months (unless you change it beforehand).
Why is my FSA ID not working?
If you’re getting this error, it means that either the name, DOB, or SSN from your FSA ID and FAFSA do not match. If you checked and they do match and you’re still getting an error, the owner of the FSA ID can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243 for FSA ID assistance.
How can I recover my FSA ID without email?
If you cannot retrieve your FSA ID online, you still have options to get into your account, but there may be more effort required on your end. You can get your account back by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.