NEW: We have a video available to help students and parents navigate the FAFSA without using each other's FSA IDs.
You and your parents can fill out the FAFSA together, even if you are not in the same location.
One of you can start the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. Click Start A New FAFSA. If you are starting
the FAFSA, enter your FSA ID (more about this below) on the left hand side of the "Login" page. If your parent is starting the FAFSA, he or she should
enter your name, Social Security number (SSN), and date of birth on the right.
Whoever is starting the FAFSA will be prompted to create a "Save Key." The save key is a short, temporary password you
and your parent can share to be able to fill out a FAFSA when you are not in the same location.
Fill out your sections of the FAFSA, enter your FSA ID in the student section of the "Sign and Submit" page, and then save
and close it. Share the "Save Key" with your parent. He or she can use your name, SSN, and date of birth with the save key to log in to the
FAFSA you started and complete the parent sections. Your parent will enter his or her own FSA ID in the parent signature
area of the "Sign and Submit" page.
Whoever signs last should click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the "Sign and Submit" page. Your FAFSA is not
submitted until you reach the "Confirmation" Page, which you should save for your records. Your application will take 3-5
days to process, and one business day after that, it will be made available to the schools you listed on your FAFSA.
It is very important that you and your parent create and use your own FSA IDs. The FSA ID acts as a legal signature and
should not be shared. Letting someone else create your FSA ID is not allowed and can create problems and delays with your
financial aid. For more information or to create your own FSA ID, go to http://StudentAid.gov/fsaid.
If your parent does not have a Social Security number, he or she will not be able to get an FSA ID. In that case your parent will print,
sign and mail in a paper signature page.