JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

The FSA ID—a user-created username and password—is required for students, parents, and borrowers to authenticate their identity and access their federal student aid information online. The websites and applications that use an FSA ID to log in are fafsa.gov, the myStudentAid mobile app, StudentLoans.gov, NSLDS Student Access, StudentAid.gov, the Application for Borrower Defense to Loan Repayment, and the Federal Student Aid Feedback System.

Recent FSA ID website enhancements include:

  • Improvements to the FSA ID website to allow users to manage their FSA ID account more effectively, provide enhanced navigation, and strengthen security.
  • Log In with Verified Mobile Phone Number. FSA ID users are able to log in with a verified mobile phone number as an alternative to a username. This enhancement recognizes that some FSA ID users may prefer the use of a mobile phone over email and provides greater flexibility for students, parents, and borrowers.
  • Require verified email address or mobile phone number. New FSA ID users are required to provide either a verified email address or mobile phone number when creating an FSA ID account. Existing FSA ID users who do not already have a verified email address or mobile phone number will be prompted to provide one when logging in for the first time after implementation of this change. This enhancement ensures FSA ID users can manage their account more effectively and helps us stay in contact with FSA ID users as needed. As a reminder, a verified email address or mobile phone number can be used to log in, reset a password, retrieve a username, or unlock an FSA ID account.
  • Replace Create-Your-Own Challenge Questions with Pick-From-List Challenge Questions. FSA ID users must answer four challenge questions when creating an FSA ID account. The answers to the challenge questions may be required to verify the user’s identity and are an important security feature. Currently, FSA ID users select two challenge questions from a list of questions and create two challenge questions on their own. To streamline the process for users, the create-your-own option has been eliminated. Users will select all four required challenge questions from a list.
  • Add Editable Summary Page to the Create Account Process. Users will have the option to edit the summary information that is presented at the end of the process to create an FSA ID. If a user identifies an error, he or she may edit and save the information directly on the summary page, rather than having to go back to correct the information on a prior page.

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.