How to create an FSA ID
It’s that time of the year: time for college-bound students and their parents should fill out the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA).
Students and parents should complete the FAFSA ASAP for priority financial aid consideration.
Even if you’ve filled out the FAFSA before, there are some big FAFSA changes you need to know about if you haven’t submitted one in the past couple of years.
FSA ID replaces FAFSA PIN
In order to fill out and submit the FAFSA in 2017 and in future years, both the student and one parent need to create an FSA ID, made up of a username and password that you create.
According to Studentaid.gov, the FSA ID replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN on May 10, 2015 in order to increase security. Unlike with the FAFSA PIN, both the student and a parent will have separate login information.
The video below explains everything you need to know about creating an FSA ID so that you can complete the FAFSA and get financial aid for college.
For more information about creating a FSA ID, check out the Federal Office of Student Aid’s FAQ about the FSA ID.
Create an FSA ID to fill out the FAFSA
If you haven’t used an FSA ID before, you will need to create one before you can log on in the future and complete the FAFSA.
If you already have a PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FSA ID. If you’ve forgotten your PIN, 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.