Last updated on May 28, 2023 by College Financial Aid Advice.
Your FSA ID can be used each year to:
* renew your FAFSA
* review your records online
* view federal student loan history
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.
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 .
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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