Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

The FSA ID (Username and Password) has replaced the FSA 4-digit PIN for students, parents, and borrowers as the process by which students and parents authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information.

  • FSA is adopting the best practice of using a username and password instead of personal information.
  • The FSA ID:
    • Requires users to enter less information (2 fields instead of 4)
    • Provides more secure access to user's information
    • Links to PIN information during registration
    • Allows users to update personal information such as last name changes without applying for a new FSA ID (Lifetime ID)
  • When you first create your FSA ID, you will only be able to use it to complete, sign, and submit an original (first-time) FAFSA form. You will have to wait one to three days for your information to be confirmed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) before you can use your FSA ID for other actions, such as submitting a Renewal FAFSA form or signing a Master Promissory Note. If you provided an email address, then you will receive an email letting you know that your information was successfully matched with the SSA and you can use your FSA ID for all of its purposes.