2. Get a PIN
Students and Parents should apply for a federal student aid PIN. With your PIN, you can "sign" your FAFSA electronically and complete the federal student aid process completely online. Also you can make corrections to your application once it is filed and access your information online. If you are under 24 years old, it is likely you and one of your parents will each need a PIN. You can apply for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. You will use the same PIN to reapply and to access your student aid records each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a PIN and what is it used for?
It's an electronic access code that serves as your identifier. Your PIN allows you to:
- Apply online for federal student aid, using FAFSA on the Web.
- "Sign" your application electronically and complete the student aid process online. If you're a dependent student and your parents have a PIN, they can sign the application electronically, as well. Signing the application at the time you apply means you'll get your results faster.
- Make corrections to your FAFSA.
- Access your Student Aid Report (SAR) and make corrections to it.
- Access all your federal student aid records online, including federal student loan information.
How and when do I get a PIN?
Go to www.pin.ed.gov at any time, you don't have to wait until you apply for federal student aid. You can request your PIN before you complete your FAFSA on the Web application. If you're a dependent student your parents should request a PIN also, so you and your parent can electronically sign your FAFSA on the Web before it's submitted.
How will my PIN be sent to me?
It depends. You will select your own delivery method when you submit your request on the PIN site, or while completing a FAFSA on the Web application. Your options include:
- Select your own PIN (this option only appears when you apply for a new PIN or request to change your PIN).
- Instantly view your PIN online.
- Receive an email with your PIN immediately. This email will contain a link to the U.S. Department of Educations secure PIN delivery Web site where you will be able to input your personal data and retrieve your PIN online.
I lost my PIN. What should I do?
If you have lost or forgotten your PIN, you will need to request that it be sent to you again. If you think that someone else may know your PIN, or you believe your PIN may have been compromised when it was lost, a new PIN can be generated for you. Go to www.pin.ed.gov for instructions on replacing a lost PIN or to request a duplicate of your PIN.