Tips on Choosing a Good Password

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Choose a very secure password. This password should be different than the passwords you use on other websites or to access your email. Do not share your password with anybody.

Do not use dictionary words, common terms or other easy-to-guess passwords, such as:

  • password
  • abc123
  • 123123
  • 123456
  • 1234567
  • 12345678
  • 31415926
  • 14142135
  • 27182818
  • 000000
  • 111111
  • qwerty
  • iloveyou
  • ihateyou
  • letmein
  • monkey
  • trustno1
  • financialaid
  • FAFSA

Do not use your first or last name or a nickname as your password. Do not use your girlfriend or boyfriend’s name. Do not use your date of birth or Social Security Number as your password.

Your password should be at least eight alphanumeric characters and preferably more. Include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers. Do not substitute numbers for corresponding letters, like 0 for O or o and 1 for l.

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