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(General) Subject: New FSA ID to Replace the Federal Student Aid PIN

Posted Date:October 1, 2014

Author: William Leith, Chief Business Operations Officer, Federal Student Aid
Brenda Wensil, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Federal Student Aid

Subject: New FSA ID to Replace the Federal Student Aid PIN

We are pleased to announce that in spring 2015 we will implement a new login process for our student and borrower-based websites, including FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS® Student Access,,, and the TEACH Grant website. The new FSA ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password, will replace the Federal Student Aid PIN as the process by which students, parents, and borrowers authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information. We are excited about the new functionality that the FSA ID will offer, including a single sign-on process for most of our systems.

We are making this change to eliminate the need for individuals to enter personal identifiers (Social Security number, name, and date of birth) when accessing Federal Student Aid's systems. This change is critical to comply with new security requirements and industry best practices.

We are working to ensure that the transition from the FSA PIN to the FSA ID is as seamless as possible for our customers. Existing users will be able to link their PIN information to the FSA ID.

Note that this change will not impact the FSA User ID log in process that is currently in place for financial aid professionals.

Please monitor our Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Website for forthcoming announcements about the transition to the new FSA ID where we will provide additional information, including a description of FSA ID functionality and our implementation schedule.

Thank you in advance for your support as we implement this important change.

Last Modified: 09/30/2014