Your Social Security Number

Your Social Security Number

This is question 8 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

You must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) to be considered for federal student aid.

Enter your SSN exactly as it appears on your Social Security card. Enter this number without dashes. For example, enter 123456789. Don’t enter an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number in the “Social Security number” field. 

For your protection, your SSN will be masked on the “Login” page as you type. If you wish to see your SSN, check the “Show SSN” box.

Your SSN is automatically filled in on your FAFSA form based on your FSA ID or the SSN you enter on the “Login” page. If you incorrectly entered your SSN on the “Login” page, you can’t change it and you’ll have to start a new FAFSA form.

Special Instructions for Citizens of the Freely Associated States

If you don’t have an SSN and are a citizen of the Freely Associated States (i.e., Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or Palau), 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. You should save that number and continue to use the same one every year you complete a FAFSA form.

If our system has assigned you a nine-digit identifier beginning with 888, enter that identifier, but replace the 888 with 666.

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