1. Your FSA ID
Your FSA ID is like your digital signature for certain U.S. Department of Education websites. It’s important to create an FSA ID for the student, and another one for the parent/guardian. IMPORTANT: Don’t create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else and do not use the same email address. It can cause login issues and lead to financial aid delays. Additionally, in some situations, you may have to wait up to three days to use your FSA ID after creating it. So complete this step as soon as possible.
2. Your Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number
3. Your Driver’s License Number
If you choose to enter this information, enter the number without spaces or dashes as well as the state the license was issued from the drop menu.
If you are not a licensed driver, you may have a state-issued identification card. In this field, you can enter this optional information without spaces or dashes. Using the drop-down menu, you can add the state in which your card was issued.
Providing your driver’s license information on the FAFSA does not imply that the Department of Education or college of choice will be reviewing your driving record. It is simply a means of further providing evidence of your identity for security purposes.
(If applicable, bank statements, untaxed income and records of investments)
You will probably need your parent’s help for this step. They will fill out the FAFSA using their income information, so they will need to have their tax records (from two years prior) close by. Additionally, they will want to have records of their untaxed income as well records of their current assets (savings, checking, and investments.)
Pro-Tip: Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool once you get to this section can save you a lot of time during the process. It will automatically pull in your tax return data from the previous year. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool can also help quicken the process in the future if you are selected for FAFSA verification.