Apply for FAFSA PIN
What is a PIN?
A PIN functions as a substitute for your signature only with the U. S. Department of Education. Your pin may also be used to sign the Federal Student Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN).
How does that help?
Having a PIN will allow you to submit the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) on the web without printing, signing, and mailing the signature page. With a PIN the FAFSA is processed immediately online. If you are required to mail the signature page, it will delay the processing of your FAFSA by 5 to 10 days. Having a pin will also allow you to make corrections to the FAFSA you filed online if you need to change any of the information, sign your Federal Stafford Student Loan Promissory notes online, and access information about your student loans online.
Who needs a PIN?
Anyone who must sign the FAFSA will need a PIN. Most families apply for two pins, one for the student and at least one parent. Each person needing a PIN must apply for one separately.
Can I use the PIN I already have?
Yes. All students who submitted the FAFSA online last year have been mailed a PIN. If you know your PIN, you do not need another one. If you can’t find or don’t remember your PIN, see “What do I do if I lose my pin?” below.
How do I apply for a PIN?
Go to www.pin.ed.gov
Choose “Apply for a PIN.”
Supply name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address, and email address. Be sure this information is identical to the information on your social security card.
Submit the request.
Write down the confirmation number that appears on the screen letting you know your request was received.
How do I receive my PIN?
The U. S. Department of Education will confirm the identifying information with the Social Security Administrative database. After a successful match, a PIN will be generated and a PIN will be sent to the email address you provided when you submitted the PIN request online. You will receive your PIN in approx. 24 hours.
What do I do if I lose my PIN?
You can use the PIN Application described above to request your PIN be mailed to you again. If you think your PIN has been comprised or lost, you may apply for a new PIN using the option “Change My Pin” on the web site listed above. You will receive your new PIN by email within about 72 hours. Be certain the email address listed on this site is correct, if not, please update it.