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Federal Student Aid ID FSA ID

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

Uses for the FSA ID

You use your FSA ID to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don't give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft!

The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:

  1. Enter your log-in information.
    Provide your email address, a unique username and password, and verify that you are at least 13 years old.
  2. Enter your personal information.
    Provide your Social Security number, name and date of birth.
    Include your mailing address, email address, telephone number, and language preference.
    For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.
  3. Submit your FSA ID information.
    Agree to the terms and conditions.
    Verify your email address. (This is optional, but helpful. By verifying your email address, you can use your email address as your username when logging into certain ED websites. This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering challenge questions.)