FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Filling out a FAFSA

Do You Have a PIN Yet?

Federal Student Aid requires you (and a parent if you are a dependent student) to sign your FAFSA, as well as any corrections that you make to your FAFSA, each year. Using a PIN to sign your forms electronically is by far the fastest and most reliable way.

If you or your parents do not already have a PIN, we encourage you to apply for one. You can apply for a PIN while completing a FAFSA on the Web application, or you can go to the Federal Student Aid PIN Web site at www.pin.ed.gov to apply.

While applying for a PIN on the PIN Web site or while completing a FAFSA on the Web application, you can choose how you’d like to receive your PIN. Your options include:

  • Select your own PIN.
  • Instantly view your PIN online.
  • Receive an e-mail with the PIN immediately. This e-mail will contain a link to our secure PIN delivery Web site where you will be able to input your personal data and retrieve your PIN online. For security purposes, this link will be available for only 14 calendar days. If you do not retrieve your PIN within 14 days, it will be mailed to you at the address you provided.
  • Have your PIN sent by postal mail within 7-10 days.

Important Note A PIN that is selected or viewed instantly online or is sent to you in an e-mail is considered to be conditional until your information is verified with the Social Security Administration (1-3 days from the date you first apply). You may sign your FAFSA with it, but nothing else. Once we complete this verification, you will be able to use your PIN for other purposes (such as correcting your SAR or accessing other Federal Student Aid Web sites).

Site Last Updated: Sunday, February 15, 2009

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