Locate Your Federal Student Aid ID
To ensure the quickest, most accurate filing of your FAFSA, you should sign it electronically. You will also need this ID to gain access to various information on federal websites in the future.
NOTE: Effective April 26, 2015 the Department of Education will be transitioning to the use of FSA ID's instead of using PIN's. After implementation on April 26, 2015, users who arrive at the impacted websites will be directed to a link to register for their new FSA ID. The registration process should take less than seven minutes. During the FSA ID registration process, an individual who already has a PIN with a successful match from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will have the option to link that PIN to their new FSA ID. If an individual does not link to a "matched" PIN during the FSA ID registration process, they will have limited use of the FSA ID until the SSA confirms their personal identifiers (1-3 days). This is similar to the "conditional PIN" that new PIN applicants currently receive, while waiting for the SSA match to be conducted.
If your parent’s information will be required when applying for financial aid, your parent should also register for a Federal Student Aid ID at www.pin.ed.gov. Your parent's information will be required if you do not meet one of the following qualifications listed below:
- You were born before January 1, 1992.
- You will be working on a master’s or doctorate program
(such as an M.A., M.B.A., M.D., J.D., or Ph.D., etc.) during
the 2015-2016 school year (this is not applicable to students
attending Hudson Valley Community College).
- You were married on or before the date you applied for aid.
- You have children who will receive more than half of their
support from you from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
- You have dependents (other than your children and spouse)
who live with you and who receive more than half of their
support from you, from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
- You are an orphan or ward of the court or you were a ward of the court until age 18.
- You are a veteran of the U.S. armed forces.
- You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training.
- At any time since you turned age 13, both of your parents were deceased, you were in foster care or were a dependent or ward of the court.
- You were an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence (not typical in New York State).
- You were in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence (not with your parents).
- At any time on or after July 1, 2014, your high school or school district homeless liaison determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.
- At any time on or after July 1, 2014, the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.
- At any time on or after July 1, 2014, the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.