Students and parents of dependent students are required to create an FSA ID
, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing the FAFSA.
An FSA ID is a username and password you need to log in to and sign the FAFSA online. You can create your FSA ID here
. It takes about 10 minutes to create an FSA ID. If this will be your first time filling out the FAFSA, you will need to wait 1–3 days before you can use your new FSA ID (there’s an account verification process).
If your child is required to report parent information on the FAFSA, you need to create your own FSA ID in order to sign your child’s FAFSA online. Create an FSA ID here
. The same FSA ID and password can be used by a parent to sign each of their children’s FAFSA since every individual can only create one FSA ID and password (it’s linked to an individual’s Social Security Number).
Parents without a Social Security Number will need to physically sign the signature card at the end of the FAFSA process. The signature card can be printed, signed, and submitted by visiting the Financial Aid Office. The Tax ID Number (TIN) is not the same as a Social Security Number.
Some of the most common FAFSA errors occur when the student and parent mix up their FSA IDs. Keep in mind that the same e-mail address cannot be used for both parent and student IDs. If you don’t want your financial aid to be delayed, it’s extremely important that each parent and each student create his/her own FSA ID and that they do not share it with ANYONE, even each other.