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Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. The FSA ID replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN that was used in the past to authenticate an applicant’s and parent’s identity when accessing student financial aid information and electronically signing Federal Student Aid documents. Rather than entering an SSN, name, date of birth and PIN to perform various application functions, a user enters an FSA ID, eliminating the need to provide personal identifiable information (PII) to access FSA systems.

Applicants can create an FSA ID when they begin to complete the FAFSA, or they have the option to obtain one ahead of time. For more information about the FSA ID; how to create an FSA ID, how soon can an FSA ID be used, what happens if the applicant forgets their password, refer to the Filling Out a FAFSA section of the studentaid.gov website.