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FSA ID Instructions

**Your FSA ID is your electronic signature for the FAFSA form you will file in October. Your 2019-2020 FAFSA form does not become available until Oct 1, 2019 and needs to be filed soon after that date in order to qualify for the maximum amount of federal, state, and institutional aid. You must apply for an FSA ID prior to filing the FAFSA, and both you and a parent you live with (mom, dad, stepmom, or stepdad) will need an FSA ID. It is very, very important not to lose this information, as it is very difficult to reset your ID. Write all info down in multi ple places and do not lose it! Please follow the instructions carefully.**

  1. Go to FSAID.ed.gov
  2. Enter your PERSONAL email address. Do not use your school email address, because it is deactivated shortly after graduation. It is best if you use an email address you can check immediately, so that you can complete the email verification process. Use your own email address, not mom or dad’s.
  3. Create a username. It is ideal to use your first and last name with no spaces, and include numbers if that username is already taken. WRITE IT DOWN.
  4. Create a password. It must contain an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, and a number. If you can’t think of anything, use College2020. Do not include your name, birthdate, or SSN in your password. WRITE IT DOWN.
  5. Confirm your password by typing it again and agree that you’re over the age of 13.
  6. Enter your first, middle, and last name, date of birth, and social security number.
  7. Enter your address, phone number, and other demographic information.
  8. When it asks if you would like to use your phone number to verify your ID, click yes. Then input your phone number a second time.
  9. Create your 4 security questions.
    1. Click “Show Text” by each answer so that you ensure you are typing the answers correctly.
    2. Please choose questions w ith simple answers that never change like mother’s maiden name, father’s middle name.
    3. You have to create the next two questions on your own. Good options are: What is your middle name? What is your oldest sister’s first name? What is your youngest brother’s first name?
    4. WRITE DOWN ALL OF YOUR ANSWERS.
  10. When you click next, agree to the terms and conditions.
  11. When you click continue, you will be taken to a page that requests you input a secure code. Check your text messages to retrieve the first secure code. Check your email to retrieve your second secure code. There may be two emails. The secure code is in one of those.
  12. Put the secure code into the FSA ID website and click continue. Once you get to the green page and WRITE ALL OF YOUR INFORMATION DOWN IN MULTIPLE PLACES, you are finished!

If you cannot verify your email or phone number at school…

--Gmail and Yahoo may be blocked by your high school’s server--

  1. On the secure code page, click “Continue without verifying.”
  2. When you can check your phone/email, log back into FSAID.ed.gov using your username and password.
  3. When viewing your profile, next to phone number or email (unverified), click “Resend my secure code.”
  4. Check your texts/email to retrieve the most recent secure code sent.
  5. Put the code into the box and click continue.
  6. Once you see the green screen, your process if complete!

If you use your school email address…

  1. You will need to change your contact email prior to graduation.
  2. Go to fsaid.ed.gov.
  3. Go to “edit my FSA ID.”
  4. Next to email address, click “edit,” and input your personal email address.
  5. Check your email to retrieve your secure code.
  6. Put the code into the box and click continue.
  7. Once you see the green screen, your process is complete.
  8. Change the email address to your personal email in your notes for future reference.