A few years ago the U.S. Department of Education replaced the PIN with the FSA ID to serve as your electronic signature on the FAFSA. It consists of a username and password that YOU create. Just like the old PIN both student and parent will need a FSA ID. When you chose your username and password, write it down and keep it in a secure location. You will need this every year to electronically sign your FAFSA. At the time you chose the username and password, you will be asked to tie the FSA ID to an email account. If you lose your FSA ID you can retrieve your username and reset you password with a 6 digit code that will be sent to your email. High school students DO NOT use your high school email account. Your high school will probably deactivate your email after graduation. Use a reliable email that you can access on a consistent basis.
You can now include a mobile phone with your FSA ID. Providing a mobile telephone number is the fastest way to use self-service and allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering challenge questions or going into your e-mail account. Your mobile phone may be more accessible than your e-mail account
You will also need to answer four challenge questions. Choose one word answers that will not change.
Once your information is verified with the Social Security Administration (one–three days from the date you apply), you will be able to use your FSA ID to access your personal information on any of these ED websites, depending on what you need to do:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at www.fafsa.gov:
• Electronically sign your (or your child’s) FAFSA® form.
• Prefill data in this year´s FAFSA form if you filed a FAFSA form last year.
• Make online corrections to an existing FAFSA form.
• View or print an online copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).
My Federal Student Aid at StudentAid.gov/login or the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) site at www.nslds.ed.gov:
• View a history of any federal student aid that you have received.
• Look up your loan servicer’s contact information.
• Complete entrance counseling, the Financial Awareness Counseling Tool, or exit counseling