--The FSA ID – a username and password – has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education Websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to fafsa.ed.gov, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at www.nslds.ed.gov, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at www.teach-ats-ed.egov.
You can use your FSA ID to sign a FAFSA right away. Once the Social Security Administration verifies your information in one to three days, or if you have linked your PIN to your FSA ID, you will be able to use your FSA ID to access the websites listed above. For help, visit StudentAid.gov/fsaid.March
--Beginning March 29, 2015 a new PLUS Counseling module will be added to the StudentLoans.gov website. This counseling must be completed by Direct PLUS Loan applicants (parents of dependent undergraduate students as well as graduate/professional students) who are determined to have an adverse credit history, but qualify for a Direct PLUS Loan by obtaining an endorser or by documenting extenuating circumstances.
It’s important to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. Financial information is needed to complete the FAFSA, but keep in mind that you may complete a FAFSA before filing a tax return. To complete your FAFSA, you will need the following documents and information:
When you have the information ready, visit the FAFSA homepage to apply for Federal Student Aid.
You can also view this video, 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA, for step-by-step guidance to completing the FAFSA.
Are you in danger of losing your financial aid eligibility
If you answered "YES" to any one of these questions, your financial aid could be terminated.
File an appeal. If extenuating circumstances (illness, death in family, etc.) contributed to your lack of satisfactory academic progress, you may request an appeal. Appeal forms can be found on the forms page.
For more information about the new policy, visit the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.