In an effort to streamline the Federal financial aid process, new changes recently went into place to change the way that students and families access their online information when dealing with Federal aid websites. Students, parents and borrowers logging in to U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites such as fafsa.gov, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at www.nslds.ed.gov, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at teach-ats.ed.gov are being asked to create new log-in credentials known as the FSA ID.
The FSA ID replaces the current Federal Student Aid PIN that users of these systems have been assigned. Users will be given the flexibility to use either an ID or their confirmed e-mail address to access websites. According to the ED, this change creates a number of benefits for users: It removes personally identifiable information, such as Social Security number, from log-in credentials. The new ID also creates a more secure and efficient way to verify information when users log in to access to federal student aid information online. Moving from a PIN to a unique ID gives users the ability to easily update personal information, like phone number, e-mail address or name. It also allows users to easily retrieve their username and password by requesting a secure code be sent to an e-mail address or by answering challenge questions.
When users create a new FSA ID they will have the opportunity to link their current Federal Student Aid PIN to their FSA ID. Doing so allows users to use their newly created FSA ID almost immediately to log in to the five ED websites listed above without having to create a new ID for each website. Those who have forgotten their FSA PIN or don’t have one can still create an FSA ID.
Once a user creates a FSA ID, a confirmation will be sent to their e-mail address, including a secure code, that once entered, will allow users to use their e-mail address instead of their username to log in to the five ED websites.
As with other log-ins and forms of identification, users should remember to use caution with their FSA accounts. Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account and they should never share their FSA ID.
Below is a breakdown of services available at each of the five ED websites for users:
For more information about the FSA ID, please visit StudentAid.gov/fsaid.