an overview of the FSA ID

Posted : October 29, 2015
Last Updated : September 11, 2017

an overview of the FSA ID

The FSA ID is a username and password combination that allows you to access your personal records on certain U.S. Department of Education websites and acts as your digital signature on some online forms, such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here is an overview of the FSA ID.

FSA ID Replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN
On May 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN with the FSA ID in order to increase security for users. If you haven't logged into a Federal Student Aid site (such as since this date, you will need to create an FSA ID before you can log in going forward.

Creating your FSA ID
You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Creating your FSA ID consists of three steps:

  1. Enter your login information.
    -- Provide your email address.
    -- Create a unique username and password.
  2. Enter your personal information.
    -- Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
    -- Enter your mailing address.
    -- Select whether or not you would like to register your mobile phone number for account recovery using text messages.
    -- Provide your mobile phone number.
    -- Select your language preference.
    -- Provide answers to four challenge questions for security purposes.
  3. Submit your FSA ID information.
    -- Agree to the terms and conditions.
    -- Verify your mobile phone number.
    -- Verify your email address.

Using your FSA ID
You may use your FSA ID immediately to sign an original FAFSA, but you cannot use it for anything else until it is verified, which usually takes one to three days from the date you apply. You can use your FSA ID to access your personal information on any of these U.S. Department of Education websites:

FAFSA on the Web at

  • Electronically sign your FAFSA.
  • Pre-fill data in this year's FAFSA on the Web application if you filed a FAFSA last year.
  • Make online corrections to an existing FAFSA.
  • View or print an online copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

My Federal Student Aid at or the National Student Loan Data System at

  • View history of any federal student aid that you have received.
  • Look up your loan servicer's contact information.

Federal Student Aid's Student Loan Website at

  • Complete entrance counseling, the Financial Awareness Counseling Tool, or exit counseling.
  • Electronically sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  • Complete PLUS loan requests.
  • Estimate your student loan payments using the Repayment Estimator.
  • Apply for an income-driven repayment plan or a consolidation loan.

Agreement to Serve (ATS) at

  • Sign your ATS for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program.

Parent FSA ID
If you are a dependent student, then your parent will need an FSA ID of his own if he wants to sign your FAFSA electronically. You and your parent may not share an FSA ID, as it serves as a signature and must be unique to each person.

Protecting your FSA ID
Since your FSA ID is used to access your personal records and form binding legal agreements, you should never share your FSA ID with anyone, including a professional who is helping you fill out the FAFSA. If your FSA ID is lost or stolen, you must update your username and password by selecting "Manage My FSA ID" on the login page. Contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID if you are concerned that your FSA ID has been misused.

For more information regarding the FSA ID, please review FSA ID Frequently Asked Questions. Educational Discounts

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