In an effort to streamline the Federal financial aid process, students, families and borrowers will use the FSA ID when logging into U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites such as, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at,, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at The FSA ID replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN that users of these systems had been assigned in the past. Users will be given the flexibility to use either an ID or their confirmed e-mail address to access websites.

According to the ED, the use of the FSA ID creates a number of benefits: 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.

Create an FSA ID

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. NSLDS ATS Agreement to Serve
Electronically sign your (or your child's) FAFSA View a history of any federal student aid that you have received View a history of any federal student aid that you have received Complete entrance counseling, the Financial Awareness Counseling tool, or exit counseling Sign your ATS for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program
Import your tax information from the IRS Look up your loan servicer's contact information Look up your loan servicer's contact information Electronically sign a master promissory note (MPN)  
Prefill data in current FAFSA if you filed a FAFSA in the previous year     Complete PLUS loan requests  
Make online corrections to an existing FAFSA     Estimate your student loan payments using the Repayment Estimator  
View or print an online copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)     Apply for an income-driven repayment plan or a consolidation loan  

For more information about the FSA ID, please visit

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 11:00pm.