All About the FSA ID

Your FSA ID is your Federal Student Aid Identification. It’s a username and password that you’ll use to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, each year that you’re seeking financial aid for college. If you’re returning to college after being away for a while, the PIN you may have used to access your last FAFSA is now obsolete, so you’ll need to create an FSA ID.

Consider the FSA ID as the first step in completing your FAFSA. In fact, now is the perfect time for you to create yours, since the new 2023-24 FAFSA will be available October 1.

Your FSA ID can also be used to log on to other financial aid websites. It’s your unique electronic signature, so you should never share it with anyone—not even your parents or financial aid personnel at the college you choose to attend. You should create your own FSA ID, and one parent of a dependent student should also create his/her own. Parents should not create an ID for their children, and vice versa.

We suggest writing down the information you enter as you create your FSA ID. The easiest way to do this is by using the FSA ID worksheet, in English and Spanish, at Once you’ve filled in the worksheet, be sure to store it in a safe place. Consider putting it in the file that contains one or more recent tax returns (yours and/or your parents’) so you’ll have it handy when the next FAFSA season rolls around.

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