The FSA ID replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN on May 10, 2015. If you or your parent has not logged in to a Federal Student Aid site (such as fafsa.gov or StudentLoans.gov) since May 10, you will need to create an FSA ID before you can log on in the future. We strongly encourage you and your parent to create your FSA ID now so it will be ready to use when you need it to file the FAFSA. Be sure you know the username and password you create as you will use these frequently in the future to access Department of Education websites.
Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites, including the FAFSA application. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing the student’s financial aid information and electronically signing any federal student aid documents.
If you are a dependent student, both you and your parent will need your own FSA ID’s. It’s important to understand that the student and the parent may not share an FSA ID: Your FSA ID is your signature, so it has to be unique to you.
Your FSA ID is used 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.
Be sure you have immediate access to the email address you give in the first step of creating your FSA ID. Later in the process you will be asked to retrieve information from an email sent to that address to verify your email address as yours.
If you already have a PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while creating your FSA ID. If you’ve forgotten your PIN, don’t worry; you can either enter the answer to your PIN “challenge question” during the FSA ID registration process to link your PIN, or you can just create your FSA ID from scratch. If you create your FSA ID from scratch, you will be required to wait 3 business days before you can use your new FSA ID to access websites or electronically sign a document.
You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain Department of Education websites, including the FAFSA or studentloans.gov. OR at www.fsaid.ed.gov and carefully read and follow the directions. Help is available throughout the FSA ID site by clicking the question marks next to every question. Additionally, answers to common questions can be found on the main page, “Frequently Asked Questions.”
Additional assistance with the FSA ID is available:
By e-mail at StudentAid@ed.gov (for general inquiries that do not include personally identifiable information)
By phone at 1-800-557-7394,
By TTY for the hearing impaired at 1-800-730-8913, and
By web chat. From fafsa.gov click “Help,” then “Contact Us” and then the LIVE HELP button to initiate a chat.