FSA ID

FAFSA Application PIN Number

Get your Federal Student Aid or FSA ID which in May 2015, replaced the FAFSA application PIN number or FAFSA PIN. The FSA ID allows you easy online access to your FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You will need your FSA ID to sign your FAFSA electronically or make corrections to your FAFSA.

Last updated on December 7 2016 by College Financial Aid Advice

What is a FSA ID?

The FSA ID is your user name and password electronic signature to allow you access to your Federal Student Aid records online. This is more secure than the old FAFSA PIN, and is required starting with the 2016 FAFSA. With your FSA ID you can electronically sign and submit your FAFSA online application, and come back later and make FAFSA Corrections as needed.

Your FSA ID can be used each year to:

* renew your FAFSA

* review your records online

* view federal student loan history

and more!

Note that if you are a dependent student, both the student and one parent must have their own FSA ID, and they cannot use the same email address when creating FSA IDs.



How To Apply for a FSA ID

Questions asked when you apply for FSA ID (replaces the old FAFSA PIN)

To apply for a FSA ID,

- Go to the official website: (see link below)

- Select “Create An FSA ID”

- Fill in the required personal information (email, username password, social security number, date of birth, legal name, and challenge questions)

- Submit your application

Both the student and parent (if dependent student) should obtain a FSA ID, even if they previously had a FAFSA PIN number, so they both can sign electronically. Only one parent needs a FSA ID - the parent who will complete the application. For divorced parents, that is the parent who the student lived with the most during the last 12 months.

If the parent is unable to obtain a FSA ID, because of no access to a computer or no social security number, the student should obtain one and the parent can sign a printed form to certify the information is correct in the online FAFSA. Alternatively, you can submit a paper FAFSA or Printable FAFSA Application .


You must select a unique user name, and select a password that meets the complexity criteria. If you previously had a FAFSA PIN that was verified with the Social Secruity office, you can link to it and your records will be immediately available. Otherwise, the information you enter will be verified with the Social Security Administration. Your name must match the official name on your social security card, and your date of birth must match. If they don’t, you will be rejected. Do not give your username or password to anyone – even if that person works in the financial aid office or anyone who is helping you with filling out your FAFSA. Beware that anyone with your username or password can check or change your data.

Apply for your FSA ID

It may take 3-5 days to get your FSA ID if you need to be verified through the Social Security administration, so it is best to do it early. If you don't obtain a FSA ID in advance, you will have the option to obtain one as you work on your FAFSA online application.

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