8 EASY STEPS FOR PARENTS COMPLETING THE FAFSA FORM U.S. Department of Education Resource Article Parents completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the first time can follow eight simple steps to help their children obtain federal student aid. These steps include creating your FSA ID (account username and password) ahead of time, filling out the demographics section, and listing financial information correctly. After all, students who are considered dependent must provide parental information on the FAFSA form and have a parent sign the form. While we recommend that the student start his or her own FAFSA form, we know that isn’t how it always happens. Follow these instructions if you are starting the FAFSA form on behalf of your child to avoid running into issues completing the form. CREATE AN ACCOUNT USERNAME AND PASSWORD (FSA ID) An FSA ID is an account username and password you use on StudentAid.gov. If your child is a dependent student, two unique FSA IDs are necessary to complete the FAFSA form online: 1
• Parent’s FSA ID • Student’s FSA ID
We recommend that you and your child register for FSA IDs early so you don’t experience delays later in the process.
IMPORTANT: Your child must create his or her own FSA ID. You cannot create an FSA ID for your child. Also, when you register, you’ll be asked to provide an email address and mobile phone number. This is optional but highly recommended. These two items must be unique to each account. In other words, your email address and mobile phone number cannot be associated with more than one FSA ID.
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