Step 2—Starting Your Financial Aid Application

Creating a NEW FSA ID (Electronic Signature)

An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. An FSA ID is comprised of a username and password and can be used to login to certain Federal Student Aid websites, such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

The security of your FSA ID is important. Your FSA ID can be used to:

  • Electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents
  • Access your personal records, and
  • Make binding legal obligations.

If you are a parent and need to electronically sign your child’s FAFSA, you need your own FSA ID. If you have more than one child attending college, you will need to use the same FSA ID to sign their applications. Only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. You are not authorized to create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member. Misrepresentation of your identity to the federal government could result in criminal or civil penalties.

If you do not already have an FSA ID, go to https://fsaid.ed.gov

If your FSA ID is lost or stolen, you must:

  • Contact Federal Student Aid’s Customer Service center at 1-800-433-3243,
  • Update your username and password by selecting Edit My FSA ID, or
  • Disable your FSA ID so that no one can use it by selecting Edit My FSA ID and selecting Disable My FSA ID.

FAFSA Workshops

FAFSA workshops are designed to help you complete your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is the main application that we use to determine your financial aid eligibility.

FAFSA Checklist

**FSA ID for student and/or parent MUST be obtained prior to workshop date by visiting http://fsaid.ed.gov

Student Information:

  • FSA ID or Valid E-mail address
  • Social security number
  • If you ARE NOT a U.S. Citizen but an eligible non-citizen Permanent Residence Card (Green Card) or Alien Number
  • Driver's license number (if you have one)
  • Current savings, investment, and business Information (if any)
  • 2016 Federal Tax Returns & W2's (if filed, to complete 2018-2019 FAFSA)
  • ***You are considered a Dependent Student and will need to provide parent's information if you are younger than 24, not married, have no children, never been in foster care or a ward of the court***

Parent's Information (If Applicable): (This checklist also applies to step-parents)

  • FSA ID or Valid E-mail address for at least one parent
  • Social security number
  • Date of Birth: Month/Day/Year
  • Month/Year: Married/Remarried, Separated, Divorced, or became widowed (If Applicable)
  • Current savings, investment, and business Information (if any)
  • 2016 Federal Tax Returns & W2's (if filed, to complete 2018-2019 FAFSA)

For help completing your FAFSA, please attend one of the workshops below.


FAFSA Workshops will be available on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Sept 20th 4:00-6:00 Rm LH-A217
  • Tuesday, Sept 25th 3:00-5:00 Rm LH-A217
  • Monday, Oct 1st 2:00-4:00 Rm BH-319
  • Tuesday, Oct 9th 3:00-5:00 Rm BH-219
  • Thursday, Oct 18th 4:00-6:00 LH-A217
  • Wednesday, Oct 24th 1:00-3:00 Rm BH-319
  • Wednesday, Oct 31st 10:00-12:00 Rm BH-319

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