An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED systems such as the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form or the myStudentAid mobile app.

It’s important to understand that the student and the parent may not share an FSA ID: Your FSA ID is your signature, so it has to be unique to you. If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child’s FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications, but each child must have his or her own FSA ID.

When you create your FSA ID, you will be required to provide your email address or your mobile phone number. It is important to remember that a mobile phone number or email address can be associated with only one FSA ID.

For example, if you are a dependent student, you and your parent would not be able to provide the same email address or phone number when you each create your own FSA ID.

*Important Note:  Make sure that you verify your email and phone number for User Name and Password recovery. 

Creating and Using an FSA ID 


It is important that you keep your account information up to date. Log in to your account and go to the “Contact Information” page to update your email address, phone number, or mailing address. Important Note: The FSA ID and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form each ask for an email address. If you change your email address in one, you should check to see if you need to change it in the other. 


For More Information about Managing Your FSA ID go to FSA ID Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)