The FSA ID is a username and password required in order to access personal information on FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access,,, and the TEACH Grant websites.


Tips on setting up your FSA ID


FSA ID best practices


Apply for an FSA ID


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


1 - Begin by going to 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.


2 - Add personal and demographic information.


3 - Select two challenge questions and create two challenge questions. You may also choose a significant date as a fifth challenge question. These questions and answers can be used to retrieve your username and password and/or unlock an account. You may also use a phone number to receive a code via text message to unlock your account.


4 - 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.



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