FAFSA Information and Tips

FAFSA and the FSA ID: Tips and Resources

The first step to applying for federal student aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). 

Students and parents of dependent students need their own FSA IDs to electronically sign and submit the FAFSA. Information about whether a student is considered “dependent” for purposes of the FAFSA, as well as who is considered a parent on the FAFSA, can be found at http://StudentAid.gov/dependency.

Your Guide to Filling out the FAFSA

This video helps parents navigate the FAFSA process: from logging in, to filling out, and to signing your child’s FAFSA using your FSA ID.

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

Creating an FSA ID

This video will walk you through the process of creating your own FSA ID. An FSA ID is simply a username and password combination, which can be used to securely log in to U.S. Department of Education websites like https://fafsa.gov

It’s very important that you and your child each create and use your own, separate FSA IDs. Creating an FSA ID for your child, or having your child create an FSA ID for you, could cause problems with your child’s financial aid. If you are the parent of more than one dependent student, you will use your FSA ID to sign each child’s FAFSA.

For detailed instructions on how to create an FSA ID, watch the video below.

If you have filled out the FAFSA before for yourself or for a child, you will use the same FSA ID.  If you have forgotten your FSA ID username of password, follow this link for instruction to reset this information.  If you are unable to to complete this reset process, you may call 1-800-4FEDAID for assistance.

Need more Assistance?

Washington Catholic will host at least one FAFSA workshop every year to give you an opportunity to meet with a college admissions representative or our area director for 21st Century Scholars and ask any questions you may have.  We'll provide helpful handouts and talk through the process of completing this important step in your child's college journey.  We'll also have computers available to help you begin the process right there - with help on hand should you need it!  Miss Birchler will communicate the date(s) of our FAFSA workshops every fall, so keep a eye on this website and your email for more information!

For more resources about federal financial aid, visit http://StudentAid.gov/fsaid.