Federal Student Aid ID

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What is an Federal Student Aid ID and why do I need one?

If you want to work on line with any of the federal loan or financial aid websites, your FSA ID is needed to verify your identity. When you enter your FSA ID at these sites, you are saying either “Yes, it’s really me—please show me the personal information about me on this site” or “Please accept my FSA ID as my electronic signature on this online form.”

For example, you can use your FSA ID to do the following:

  • sign your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov;
  • review what federal student aid you have received in the past by visiting the National Student Loan Data System;
  • sign certain federal student loan contracts online;
  • find out whether your FAFSA has been processed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov; or
  • make corrections to your FAFSA information.

How do I get a FSA ID?

1. Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm and enter the requested personal information (name, address, Social Security number, user name, password, etc.). 2. You will receive an e-mail with a secure code. Once you validate with that code, you will receive another email letting you know that your FSA ID has been created successfully. You won't have full access to the sites until your information has been verified with the Social Security Administration.

What else do I need to know about my FSA ID?
Keep your FSA ID in a safe place or memorize it. Never tell anyone else your FSA ID, even if they are helping you fill out the FAFSA. Remember, your FSA ID is your signature. Protect it!

If you need to provide information about your parents on the FAFSA, one of your parents will have to sign the application. They will need to apply for their own FSA ID to do so. Once received, they can sign electronically with their own FSA ID. You will need to put your parents’ information on the FAFSA if you are a dependent. If you aren't sure, you can check out “Am I dependent or independent?” at http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

You can use your FSA ID again next year. Your FSA ID (and your parent’s FSA ID) will not expire at the end of the school year, and you can continue to use it in the future to renew your FAFSA, sign loan contracts, etc. If your parent has more than one child in college, that parent can use the same FSA ID to sign FAFSAs for every child.

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