As you’ve probably heard, the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available at FAFSA.gov. The first step in completing the new FAFSA is creating an FSA ID (username and password). If you haven’t already, we encourage all contributors to the FAFSA to create their FSA ID now. It may take up to 3-5 days to confirm your FSA ID information and you won’t be able to complete the FAFSA without an FSA ID. Here are a few key points to know:
- To create your FSA ID, go to StudentAid.gov and click Create an Account.
- The FSA ID is a username and password combination you’ll use to log in to U.S. Department of Education (ED) online systems.
- The FSA ID is also used as your legal signature on the FAFSA and any student loan applications and shouldn’t be created or used by anyone other than you.
- You’ll use your FSA ID every year to complete the FAFSA and view your financial aid history.
- All contributors to the FAFSA will need an FSA ID to complete their portion of the form.
Creating an FSA ID is easy and there are many resources to help you.
- FSA ID Worksheet also available in Spanish – Guides you through the FSA ID creation process and provides a place to document the required information for future reference.
- Who Needs a Federal Student Aid ID? – A flowchart to see if one or both parents of a dependent student must create an FSA ID before starting the 2024-25 FAFSA.
- Dependency Questionnaire – Lists the questions used to determine your dependency status on the FAFSA. If you answer “Yes” to any one of these questions, you’ll be considered an independent student and will not need to include your parents’ information on the FAFSA.
- How to Create Your Account Username and Password (FSA ID) video – This informative video walks you through the process of creating your own Federal Student Aid (FSA) username and password, also known as an FSA ID.
Create your FSA ID now so you can complete your FAFSA form as soon as possible.