On May 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education announced the replacement of the Federal Student Aid PIN with an FSA ID. The FSA ID will require students, parents and borrowers to create a username and password in order to access personal information on FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and the TEACH Grant websites.


Tips on setting up your FSA ID

FSA ID best practices


Applying for an FSA ID is easy


Applying for an FSA ID can be done in four quick steps.


Begin by going to https://fsaid.ed.gov. Click on the "Create an FSA ID" tab. Students, parents or borrowers will start by adding their email address, along with their chosen username and password. For helpful tips while answering questions, click on the question mark (?) after each answer.


Second, add personal and demographic information. Students, parents or borrowers who already have a Federal Student Aid PIN assigned to them can enter their PIN information and link that information to their FSA ID. Anyone who has forgotten or does not have a PIN can continue to create an FSA ID without the PIN information.


Third, select two and create two challenge questions and answers as well as choose a significant date in your life. These five challenge questions and answers can be used to retrieve username and password and/or unlock an account.


Fourth, review and accept the FSA ID terms and conditions. An email confirmation will be sent to the email address provided and once verified, the FSA ID will be available to use.


Helpful Tips for Students


  • Keep your FSA ID safe! Your FSA ID is used to electronically sign legally binding documents and has the same legal status as a written signature.

  • Create your own FSA ID! Allowing a family member or friend the right to use your FSA ID puts you at risk of not being able to access your personal information or becoming a victim of identity theft.

  • Remember your FSA ID username, password and answers to your challenge questions! If you can’t remember your username and password, you can gain access to your account by answering your challenge questions. Anyone who can’t remember their username, password and the answers to their challenge questions, will need to contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for help.

  • Check your email address! All notifications regarding your FSA ID, such as secure codes, will be sent to the email address you provided.


Resources for Counselors

Understanding the FSA ID webinars November 19 & December 10, 2015

Federal Student Aid FSA ID Webinar August 12, 2015

How to create an FSA ID Guide May 4, 2015


2016-17 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid