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FSA ID enhancements coming in mid-May

Michigan Union

In mid-May, Federal Student Aid will improve access for students and parents to the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). The FSA ID is the identifier students and parents use to log in and access federal financial aid information online.

Websites that require an FSA ID to log in are fafsa.gov (to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid), NSLDS Student Access (for federal loan history), StudentAid.gov and StudentLoans.gov, and the Federal Student Aid Feedback System.

Text messaging will be added as an option for FSA ID users when they reset a password, retrieve a username or unlock an account. Users will need to register their mobile phone number on the FSA ID website where users will be prompted to set up and secure their phone use. Users may change their mobile phone number or unsubscribe from texts any time by logging in to the “Manage My FSA ID” page on the FSA ID website.

Other changes include:

  • The “significant date” challenge question will become optional
  • Enhanced navigation will be added to User Account Management pages
  • There will no longer be an option to link an old federal PIN (personal identification number) to the user’s FSA ID.
  • A disclaimer prior to log-in will warn against unauthorized usage by third-party, for-profit entities. The user must “Accept” in order to proceed.

FSA ID enhancements will take effect on May 14, 2017. Information, tips, and a link to create an ID can be found at StudentAid.gov/fsaid.