We are getting close and closer to the FAFSA® filing date for the 20-21 school year. You know what that means, right? It’s time to track down that FSA ID.
The FSA ID is the username and identifier that you use to sign into the FAFSA® application. It is also used as your electronic signature, so you can officially submit the application and be considered for financial aid.
But why is it so important to remember to find it before the start date? Since we only use our FSA ID once a year, it’s easily lost, misplaced, or forgotten about altogether. Having this on hand before you even think about getting started, will save you the trouble of tracking it down when you want to complete the app.
Don’t have an FSA ID yet?
No worries! Creating your FSA ID is pretty simple. Head over to the Federal Student Aid website and sign-up with the required information.
Need a little extra help understanding the sign-up process, we’ve got all the info here.
Once you create your ID make sure to keep it in a safe place where you can find it when you need it again next year.
Do my parents need an FSA ID?
Yes, if you are a dependent student whose parents need to submit their tax forms and information, they will need an FSA ID as well.
Creating a parent ID is exactly like creating a student one. You can even do them at the same time if you’re filling out the FAFSA® together.
What if I lost my FSA ID?
This is the most common question we get here at FRANK when filing season comes around. Retrieving your ID can be difficult and takes time, that’s why we’re always encouraging students to keep it in a safe place or track it down early.
However, if you’ve found yourself in this common position, you can start the process of resetting your FSA ID. We go in-depth into how to do that here.
While we love to help students through the FAFSA® process, unfortunately, we are not able to retrieve your ID for you. You can only gain access directly through the FSA website.
Got your FSA ID? GREAT!
Once you have your ID handy, you’re ready to jump into the FAFSA® application when it officially opens on October 1st.
If you’re looking for some extra tips and tricks ahead of filing FAFSA, check out some of our recent blog posts:
- How to get your parents ready to file
- Shop for school supplies on a budget
- All your financial aid questions answered
- A checklist to simplify filing for FAFSA®
And don’t forget, FRANK is a fast and efficient way to file FAFSA® easier than ever. File with us this year and be done in less than five minutes.