Start the 2016-2017 FAFSA Tutorial: The FAFSA in 7 Easy Steps
Follow this step-by-step tutorial (with images) to learn how to fill out your FAFSA quickly and correctly to see if you're eligible for college financial aid.
Using an FSA ID to Sign the FAFSA
How to Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which is replacing the FSA PIN in Spring 2015, is used to electronically sign college financial aid applications and student loan promissory notes. It can also be used to access U.S. Department of Education resources, such as the National Student Loan Data System. The student and parent must each have their own PIN.
As of May 10, 2015, U.S. Department of Education web sites require the Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to log in, instead of the Federal Student Aid PIN. Find out how to create your new FSA ID in 6 easy steps.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) may be used to transfer information from federal income tax returns to the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool may be used either during the initial completion of the FAFSA or to update the FAFSA after the form has been submitted. Use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may reduce the likelihood that the FAFSA will be selected for verification.
Privacy of Student Financial Aid Information
Student aid applications require information about sensitive topics, such as income and assets. Several federal privacy laws have been enacted to protect data provided by parents and students.