Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

The FSA ID or Federal Student Aid ID is the username and password you use on federal student aid websites such as fafsa.gov and studentad.gov. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on the Department of Education systems.

Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education online systems. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. Your FSA ID is your signature, so it has to be unique to you and is not shared with parents or co-borrowers.

You create your FSA ID when you first access any US Department of Education website.

The US Department of Education warns:

“Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don’t give your FSA ID to anyone or allow anyone to create an FSA ID for you—not even your parent, your child, or someone helping you fill out the FAFSA® form. Sharing your FSA ID is like teaching someone to forge your signature, and it could put you at risk of identity theft!”