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  • What do I do if I forgot my FSA ID username and password?

    If you have an FSA ID but do not remember your username, click the "Forgot My Username" link on the site you want to log in to, and select one of the following options:

    Option 1: Text a secure code to my mobile phone (your mobile phone must be verified to use this option).

    • Enter your mobile phone number and the month and day of your birth.
    • Enter the secure code from your mobile phone.
    • Your username is shown on screen.

    Option 2: E-mail a secure code.

    • Enter your e-mail address and the month and day of your birth.
    • Enter the secure code from your e-mail.
    • Your username is shown on screen.

    Option 3: Answer my challenge questions.

    • Enter your SSN, last name, and date of birth.
    • Answer your challenge questions correctly.
    • Your username is shown on screen.

    Click the "Forgot My Password" link on the site you want to log in to, and select one of the following options:

    Option 1: Use my username or verified e-mail address.

    • Enter your username or verified e-mail address and the month and day of your birth.
    • Select one of the three options for reset:
      • Text a secure code to my mobile phone.
      • Email a secure code.
      • Answer my challenge questions.
    • Create a new password.

    Option 2: Use my mobile phone number

    • Enter your verified mobile phone number and the month and day of your birth.
    • Select one of the three options for reset:
      • Text a secure code to my mobile phone.
      • Email a secure code.
      • Answer my challenge questions.
    • Create a new password.

    Note: The password must be between 8 to 30 characters long. You can use any combination of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and/or special characters.

  • I submitted my FAFSA form. What are the next steps?

    If you submitted your FAFSA form online, your application will be processed within 3-5 days. If you submitted a paper FAFSA form, it will be processed within 7-10 days.

    Once your application is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA form. Review your SAR, make sure all of the information is complete and accurate, and read any comments.

    If there is any missing or incorrect information, you should complete or correct your FAFSA form as soon as possible.

    One business day after your FAFSA form is processed, your information is made available to the colleges that you listed on your FAFSA form. Each college will use the information to determine your eligibility for federal and nonfederal student aid. The colleges you listed are responsible for creating your aid package and disbursing your financial aid. Most colleges do not create aid packages for every applicant who lists their college on the FAFSA. You must complete all of the college's requirements, such as applying for admission, in order for the college to create an aid package for you.

    For questions about how much aid you might receive or when you might receive it, contact the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend.

    To learn more about what to expect after you fill out and submit the FAFSA form, please click here.

  • What are the deadlines for filling out the FAFSA form?

    To be considered for federal student aid for the 2018-2019 award year, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1, 2017, and June 30, 2019, midnight Central Time. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by September 14, 2019, midnight Central Time.

    To be considered for federal student aid for the 2017-2018 award year, you can complete a FAFSA form by June 30, 2018, midnight Central Time. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by September 15, 2018, midnight Central Time.

    Many states and colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for state and institutional financial aid. You can find your state's deadline here. It's also a good idea to check with your college about its deadlines.

    Because of the variation in state and college deadlines, it is highly recommended that you fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after October 1 to ensure that you do not miss out on available aid.

  • Which FAFSA form should I complete for summer classes?

    If you plan to attend summer classes, you should contact your college's financial aid office to determine whether you would complete the 2017-18 or the 2018-19 FAFSA form.

  • How do I add a school to my FAFSA form?

    To add colleges after you have submitted your FAFSA form, go to fafsa.gov, click the Login button and enter your FSA ID. Click Make FAFSA Corrections, and then navigate to the "School Selection" page.

    To search for a college that you want to receive your information, select the state in which the college is located, and then enter the city and/or school name and click Search. Your search results will be displayed in order by best match. You can re-sort the list in alphabetical order by School Name.

    For more information on how to add or delete a school from your FAFSA form, please click here.

  • I'm a parent. How can I fill out a FAFSA form if I can't use my child's FSA ID?

    We have a video available to help students and parents navigate the FAFSA form without using each other's FSA IDs.

    As a parent, you can start a new FAFSA form for your child by using their name, Social Security Number, and date of birth. Visit the FAFSA homepage, click Start A New FAFSA, and then choose, "Enter the student's information" on the right. Follow the directions to start a FAFSA form for the year your child will be attending school.

    You will be asked to create a "Save Key." The save key is a short, temporary password that you can give to your child when it is time for him or her to sign the FAFSA form.

    Fill out the FAFSA form. On the "Sign and Submit" page, use your (the parent's) FSA ID to sign the FAFSA form in the parent section.

    Your child will need to sign the FAFSA form using his or her own FSA ID. If your child is with you, he or she can enter it right away. If your child is not with you, share the save key you created.

    Your child can log in on the FAFSA homepage using their own FSA ID and the save key to complete the student section of the "Sign and Submit" page and then click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page. The FAFSA form is not submitted until you see the "Confirmation" page, which you should save for your records.

    It is very important that you and your child 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 the student's financial aid. For more information or to create your own FSA ID, click here.

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