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Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

All students completing a FAFSA need to apply for an FSA ID. If a student is dependent, both the student AND the parent must apply for an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA.

General Information

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 websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at

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. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

Uses for the FSA ID

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—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft!

Applying for an FSA ID

You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain ED websites, including this one. Create an FSA ID now.

The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:

  1. Enter your log-in information.
  • Provide your email address, a unique username and password, and verify that you are at least 13 years old.
  1. Enter your personal information.
  • Provide your Social Security number, name and date of birth.
  • Include your mailing address, email address, telephone number, and language preference.
  • For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.
  1. Submit your FSA ID information.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Verify your email address. (This is optional, but helpful. By verifying your email address, you can use your email address as your username when logging into certain ED websites. This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering challenge questions.)

New Federal Student Aid (FSA) Identification to Replace the PIN

In April 2015,  a new login process will be implemented for student and borrower-based websites, including FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS® Student Access,,, and the TEACH Grant website. The new FSA ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password, will replace the Federal Student Aid PIN as the process by which students, parents, and borrowers authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information. The new functionality will offer a single sign-on process for most of the systems.

The change is being made to eliminate the need for individuals to enter personal identifiers (Social Security number, name, and date of birth) when accessing Federal Student Aid's systems. This change is critical to comply with new security requirements and industry best practices. Visit the PIN website at:

FAFSA/Help Sites

Apply for financial aid at Virginia Tech by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet allows you to read and complete the questions before entering your information online. The questions are listed in the same order that they appear on the Web site.

FAFSA4caster will help you get an early start on the financial aid process by providing you with an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.