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Goodbye FAFSA PIN, Hello FSA ID

Starting May 10, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education will replace the Federal Student Aid PIN number with the new Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID).  The FSA ID will allow students and parents to access and electronically sign the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with a user-selected username and password. Users will no longer be required to enter personally identifiable information every time they access U.S. Department of Education websites. This is considered to be a best practices change to make the websites more secure for users.

The FSA ID will consist of a username and password. 

  • The username will consist of six alphanumeric characters.
  • The password must be between 8 to 30 alphanumeric characters.  The password may not match the individual’s name, Social Security Number or date of birth.

Each FSA ID must be associated with a different email address.  In particular, the parent and each student must have their own email address.  Parents may not use their own email address for a dependent student.  The student must have his or her own email address.  (A new, web-based email account can be obtained for free from Gmail.com, Outlook.com or another free email web site.)  Everybody will be required to change their password at least once every two years.  The FSA ID will be used as an electronic signature to sign the FAFSA, loan promissory notes and other documents for the U.S. Department of Education websites.  

There will not be a mass transition on May 10 to the FSA ID.  YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS CHANGE ON MAY 10 BUT WILL BE PROMPTED TO DO SO THE NEXT TIME YOU VISIT THE WEBSITE AFTER MAY 10.

The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:

  1.  Enter your log-in information.
    • Provide your email, a unique username and password and verify 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.
    • Provide answers to five challenge questions.
  3.  Submit your FSA ID information
    • Agree to the terms and conditions.
    • Verify your email address.  (Note: By verifying your email address, you can use your email address as your username when logging into certain U.S. Department of Education websites.)

Once you have completed this process you will only be asked for the FSA ID username and password to access the FAFSA and certain U.S. Department of Education websites.



Publication Date: May 2015

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