To create a StudentAid.gov account (FSA ID): You and any parent/stepparent who will contribute information will need one. Be prepared to provide your social security number, email address, and phone number.
Locate and click on the "Get Started" button to begin the process.
Input your name, date of birth, and Social Security number as prompted. Remember to use a personal email address as it will ensure better accessibility and avoid potential issues with student email accounts, which may have limited access or expiration after graduation.
Choose a strong and memorable username and password for your FSA ID.
Check your email inbox for a verification link and click on it to confirm your email address.
Answer challenge questions to help recover your account if you forget your password.
Select your preferred method for receiving verification codes: text message, email, or authentication app.
Carefully review all the information you provided and submit your application.
Write down or take a picture of your FSA ID username and password for future reference.
Once you have your FSA ID and your contributors have FSA IDs, you can proceed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.
Go to https://studentaid.gov/
Click on "I am a student and want to access the FAFSA form."
Log in using your FSA ID credentials.
Fill out your section of the FAFSA form, including providing your personal information. If you're dependent, add contributor information as required.
Share the FAFSA with your contributors via email using the provided option.
Your contributors will use their FSA IDs to access and complete their sections of the FAFSA form.
Once all contributors have completed their sections, the last contributor can finalize and submit the FAFSA.
After submission, you'll receive a confirmation email to acknowledge the successful completion of the FAFSA.