Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
The most crucial step in the financial aid process is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
However, to begin the process you need to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). The FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.
If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.
Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don't give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Be sure to keep it in a safe place, as you will be able to use the same FSA ID each year to apply electronically for student aid and access your U.S. Department of Education records.
Use your FSA ID at these U.S. Department of Education Web sites:
FAFSA on the Web
- View your Student Aid Report (SAR) after your FAFSA has been processed
- Make corrections to your processed FAFSA
- Print a copy of your SAR information
- Re-apply for financial aid in the future
- Electronically complete and sign your Direct Loan promissory notes
- Complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling
- Get general information about your Direct Loan, including your account balance and payment history
- Change your repayment plan and payment due date
- Request a deferment or forbearance
- Make your loan payment online
- Complete Direct Loan Exit Counseling
- Get information about consolidating your federal student loans
National Student Loan Data System
- View information about federal loans and grants you have received
(Note: FAFSAs and other documents require Ball State's federal code, 001786.)
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Lucina Hall, room 245
Muncie, Indiana 47306
7:30 am-4:00 pm (Monday-Friday)
Walk-in counseling hours:
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Phone operator hours:
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Phone: 765-285-5600 or
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