What Do I Need to Get My FSA ID?

In order to get your FSA ID, you need to provide your email address, a username and password you create, your full name, Social Security number, and date of birth. After you enter this information, you’ll be able to use your FSA ID to sign in to federal student aid websites and to sign paperwork electronically related to FAFSA®. Keep reading to get a more detailed look about what you need to get your FSA ID.

Email Address

There are many important reasons you need to include your email address when you’re signing up for your FSA ID.

First, you will receive important information about your account at this email address. Second, if you ever forget your username or password, you can use your email to get them to reset it.

Finally, you can also use your verified email address in place of your username to log in to FSA systems. You can verify your email address by requesting that a secure code be sent to it.


As you’re setting up your FSA ID, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your own username. Your username must be 6 to 30 characters long, and you’re allowed to use any combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers.

You should create a username you can easily remember but hard for others to guess. Additionally, since you’re using your FSA ID to log into a secure site, you should avoid using personal information, like your date of birth, first name, or last name, as part of your username.


After you create your username, you’ll make a password. You must create a password that’s between 8 and 30 characters long. You can make any password you would like, but it must have at least three of these four criteria:

  • uppercase letters
  • lowercase letters
  • numbers
  • non-alphanumeric special characters (such as: ! @ # $ & * ( ) [ ] _ – . ?)

Your password will expire and need to be changed every 18 months.

Personal Identification Information

The final information you need to get your FSA ID is your personal information. Here you’ll fill out your first name, middle initial, last name, date of birth, and Social Security number. You can’t use nicknames. Instead, you must use the information exactly as it appears on your Social Security card.

Can Someone Create an FSA ID for Me?

Your FSA ID is your legal signature and contains personal information that’s for your own exclusive use. Therefore, you cannot create an FSA ID for anyone, and someone else, including family members, cannot create an FSA ID for you. Additionally, you shouldn’t share your FSA ID with anyone else. If you’re applying for financial aid as a dependent, a parent will also have to sign the FAFSA®. Therefore, he or she will also have to sign up for a unique FSA ID.

With this information, you can get your FSA ID and immediately sign and submit your FAFSA®. Once your identity is confirmed, you’ll then be able to use your FSA ID to sign promissory notes.

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