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How does my parent complete the FAFSA when they do not have a Social Security Number?

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You and your parents each need to create your own separate FSA ID accounts at

Contributors who do not have an SSN need to complete a few additional steps:  

  1. Go to and click Get Started.
  2. Complete your personal information, including a valid email address.
  3. Select I do not have a Social Security number.
  4. A warning will pop up — click Continue without an SSN. (Do not use your ITIN as a replacement for the Social Security number.)
  5. Input the required personal information, ensuring you provide a valid email address and phone number. We recommend taking a screenshot or picture of the information entered. That information will need to match exactly what is entered on the FAFSA.
  6. Confirm that all information is correct, and set up two-factor verification for future access.
  7. Answer the identity verification questions. If you successfully answer the questions, your FSA ID will be created.
  8. If identity cannot be verified, additional steps are required. Federal Student Aid will send an email that includes guidance on the documentation required to confirm identity, as well as an additional form to complete to verify identity. 

Once you and your parent have your FSA IDs, it is recommended that your parent start the FAFSA form at

Your parent begins by entering all their information exactly as they did when they created their FSA ID. After they input their income information, they will invite you (the student) to complete your portion of the FAFSA. 

Make sure your parent completes their portion of the FAFSA exactly as they did when they set up their FSA ID, including:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Mailing address

Spelling and any abbreviations used must match exactly. For example, if your parent abbreviated their address with St. or Ave. during FSA ID setup, they must also use that abbreviation when filling out the FAFSA to avoid any mismatches. 

Need additional help?  Access 24/7 live chat, create a case from My ASU Service Center or call 855-278-5080.


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