Creating the FSA ID

Creating your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

Create your FSA ID ASAP to gain access to all of the federal aid websites.

Effective May 10, 2015, the FSA ID — a username and password — has replaced the Federal Personal Identification Number (PIN), and must be used to log into certain U.S. Department of Education websites. This step was taken to increase security on the federal websites and protect against identity theft.

Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. You may create your FSA ID directly at the Federal Student Aid website; there are FAQs and the ability to edit your FSA ID at this location.

You will be asked to enter your email address and create a unique username and password. You must enter your correct social security number and date of birth. Your name must match the records in the Social Security Administration. You will need long-term access to Federal Student Aid websites, so we recommend that you use a permanent personal email address, rather than a school email that will expire after a time.

If parent information is part of your FAFSA, your parent will need to create and use their own unique FSA ID as well. Note: Only one FSA ID may be associated per email address.

Detailed information is available at Federal Student Aid – The FSA ID or view the How to Create an FSA ID video.