What You Need to Know About FSA ID
The vast majority of students submit their FAFSA online, and the FSA ID is your login information for that process. An FSA consists of a username and a password. Keep reading to learn how to create and use an FSA, and what to do if you forget your FAFSA pin numbers.
How to create an FSA ID
You can create an FSA ID through the US Department of Education’s Student Aid website. You’ll need to come up with a unique username and a password in order to make one. You’ll also have to prove your email address, your social security number, and your date of birth. Eligible non-citizens without a social security number will have to fill out the FAFSA by hand.
What is my FSA ID used for?
Your FSA will be useful for a host of tasks related to federal financial aid. You’ll use your FSA to:
- Login and fill out your FAFSA
- Electronically submit your FAFSA
- Use the National Student Loan Data System
- Login to My Federal Student Aid
- Sign electronic promissory notes
How to reset your FSA ID username or password
If you forgot your FSA username or password, don’t worry. There are several easy tools to regain access to your account.
Resetting your username
If you forgot your username, you can reset it using the username retrieval tool on the FSA’s website. You can choose to receive your username at the email you registered with the FSA. If you no longer have access to this account, you can choose to answer your security questions.
Resetting your password
If you forgot your password, you can reset it using the password retrieval tool on the FSA’s website. Make sure to have your username, email, or phone number handy, as well as your date of birth.
What do I do with my FSA PIN Numbers?
If you are returning to school after a long break, you may remember your FSA PIN. If you haven’t logged in since 2015, you would have used an FSA PIN to login. However, the US Department of Education has adopted a full password system rather than a PIN in order to ensure account security. Your PIN will no longer be valid, but you can use your registered email to regain access to your account.
How long does my FSA ID take to activate?
Once you create your FSA ID, you can use it right away to fill out and submit the FAFSA. However, if you plan to use it to electronically sign promissory notes, you’ll have to wait for a few days.
Why should I submit my FAFSA online?
Submitting your FAFSA online with an FSA ID has a variety of advantages. Submitting online will yield dramatically quicker results. Additionally, it removes the possibility of your form being lost in the mail. It also makes it easier to submit your FAFSA the next year. You’ll be able to pull from your past data and save time.
Will my FSA ID expire?
FSA IDs do not expire. If you take a long break from school, you’ll still have the same FSA ID when you return. However, your password will automatically change every 18 months if you don’t change it yourself.
Other FAFSA Resources
If you are just getting started with the FAFSA, we have extensive resources to help guide you through the process. Check out our guide on interpreting your EFC, how to complete the FAFSA for graduate school, and the differences between the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. When the time rolls around to resubmit, check out our guide for FAFSA renewal. Best of luck in your financial aid process, and make sure to check out the other resources on our site as questions arise.