What are the mayor FAFSA numbers? Or what are FAFSA numbers at all? Or if you wonder what main numbers you will need (and what they mean) to fill out your FAFSA application maybe in this article you will find useful tips.
One of the mayor FAFSA numbers. An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems. Also can be used as your legal signature. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.
You must create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. Be aware that you are not authorized to create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member.
Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites.
Data Release Number (DRN)
DRN (Data Release Number)- is a four-digit number assigned to your application by Federal Student Aid. You can see it on the upper right corner of the paper Student Aid Report (SAR), in the upper right corner on the electronic SAR, and on your confirmation page.
If you want to make certain changes to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information you should provide the DRN to a customer service representative. These changes include: phone number, permanent mailing address, e-mail address, school code and / or housing plan.
Be careful -you should not give your DRN to anyone unless that person is a financial aid administrator or customer service representative and you are either adding colleges or changing data on your FAFSA.
What is the difference between my FSA ID and my Data Release Number (DRN)?
Your DRN (Data Release Number) displays on your Student Aid Report (SAR), as well as on your confirmation page.
If you need to make some changes to your mailing list or school list, the DRN will allow you to contact the Federal Student Aid Information Centre and make that necessary corrections. It also allows you to release your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information to schools you did not list on your original FAFSA.
Your FSA ID is issued separately from your SAR. Also your FSA ID allows you to access your FAFSA data and to electronically sign your FAFSA.
The DRN and the FSA ID have two different purposes. DRN number you can share with customer service representatives or school financial aid officers to authorize them to access your information. Please remember that you don’t need to share your FSA ID with anyone. Your FSA ID should be used only by you to access your personal information and provide electronic signatures.
Social Security Number (SSN)
SSN- Social Security number is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents. It’s primary purpose is to track individuals for Social Security purposes, the Social Security number has become a de facto national identification number for taxation and other purposes.
If you want to be considered for Federal Student Aid, you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN). You need to enter the SSN that is printed on your Social Security card. Enter this number without dashes.
Based on the FSA ID or SSN, you enter on the “Login” page and your SSN will automatically filled. Again be careful because if you incorrectly enter your SSN on the “Login” page, you cannot change it and you will have to start a new FAFSA.
Special instructions for citizens of the Freely Associated States.
If you are a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or Palau, otherwise known as the Freely Associated States ( and you don’t have a SSN number) , enter 666 in the first three positions of the SSN field and leave the remaining six positions blank. When your application is processed, the last six digits of the SSN will be assigned to you. Save this number, because you will use it year to complete a FAFSA.
Information on the Privacy Act, use and disclosure of Social Security Numbers
Information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be used to determine if you are eligible to receive federal student financial aid and the amount that you are eligible to receive. Your SSN will be used to verify your identity and retrieve your records. Also they may request your SSN again for these purposes during the application.
Information provided on your FAFSA can also be used by state and institutional student financial aid programs to determine if you are eligible to receive state and institutional aid and the need that you have for such aid.Therefore, we will disclose the information provided on your FAFSA to each college listed on your FAFSA, the state agency in your state of legal residence, and the state agencies in the states for the colleges listed.
If you are applying solely for federal aid, you must answer all of the following questions that apply to you and are requested: 1-9, 14-16, 18, 22-23, 26, 28-29, 32-37, 39-59, 61-68, 70, 73-86, 88-105. The question numbers are located in the Help and Hints.
Without your consent, the U.S. Department of Education may disclose your information to third parties under a published “routine use.” Under the published routine uses, we may disclose the information to private firms that assist the U.S. Department of Education in administering the federal student financial aid programs. However, private firms that contract with the U.S.
More information for students without a Social Security Number
FSA ID can be used to access personal records as well as to electronically sign a FAFSA. To sign a FAFSA electronically your FSA ID must be associated to a valid Social Security Number (SSN) in order to access personal records.
If you don’t have a valid SSN, you will receive a paper Student Aid Report (SAR) when your FAFSA is processed (7-10 days).
You must mail the signature to Federal Student Aid for processing using the mailing address on the signature page.So, if your FAFSA is missing a signature, you or your parent may sign it by printing a signature page or signing your SAR.
More information for students without a Social Security Number
An FSA ID can be used to access personal records as well as to electronically sign a FAFSA. Your FSA ID must be associated to a valid Social Security Number (SSN) in order to access personal records and to sign a FAFSA electronically.
Without a valid SSN, you will receive a paper Student Aid Report (SAR) when your FAFSA is processed (7-10 days).
If your FAFSA is missing a signature, you or your parent may sign it by printing a signature page or signing your SAR. You must mail the signature to Federal Student Aid for processing using the mailing address on the signature page.
If you need to correct your FAFSA, you must enter corrections on your paper SAR, or contact the financial aid office at your college
What is your parent’s Social Security Number?
Enter your parent’s Social Security Number (SSN).
The Social Security Number must match exactly the SSN on the Social Security
Your telephone number
On one of the questions you will be asked for phone number. To be precise, to fill up the FAFSA application, you must enter your phone number, and if you don’t have it you may leave this question blank.
Your Alien Registration Number
One more important FAFSA number is Alien Registration Number. So when you are filling out the FAFSA application you will need to enter your eight- or nine-digit Alien Registration Number. If your Alien Registration Number is eight digits, type a zero before the Alien Registration Number. Do not enter the “A” before the number.
Your driver’s license number
The 11 question on FAFSA application is related to your driver’s license number so on the blank space enter your driver’s license number or the number on your identification card.
Your parents’ number of family members in 2018-2019 (household size)
To determine your parents’ household size, include:
- your parents;
- the number of other children who will receive more than half of their support from your parents between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019; and
- the number of people who are not your parents’ children but who live with your parents and receive more than half of their support from your parents, and will continue to receive more than half of their support from your parents between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
Preparer’s Employer Identification Number
If you are a professional preparer who completed a FAFSA for a student, you should enter:
- your Social Security Number or
- your company’s Employer Identification Number (EIN). Be sure to enter the EIN that was issued by the Internal Revenue Service.