Posted December 5th, 2014
In the spring of 2015, all federal student aid websites, including FAFSA on the web, NSLDS student access and StudentLoans.gov, will no longer utilize the PIN for login, a method that has been in place for over a decade. In its place, the Department of Education has announced that they will be moving to an FSA ID method for login, one that mirrors what financial aid professionals currently use to access all of the necessary financial aid websites.
According to the DOE, “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.”
Expect more news in the next several months as the changes are implemented for the upcoming 2015-2016 award year. We hope to bring you more news through the HEAG blog as it is released but you can always keep up to date on the latest measures by visiting www.ifap.ed.gov.