Before you can apply for financial aid to help pay for your education after high school, there is one step you must complete first.
To apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must have a Federal Student Aid ID – more commonly referred to as the FSA ID.
Both the student and at least one parent will need an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA. To obtain an FSA ID, follow these steps:
Once you have created an FSA ID, it will be your key to perform several different functions on the U.S Department of Education’s websites.
Students will use the FSA ID to:
Parents will use their FSA ID for some of the same functions, including:
Your FSA ID is assigned to you permanently. Although you will be able to reset your username and password if you ever forget them, it is important to protect your FSA ID as it provides access to your personal information.