We recommend that students and parents save time by requesting personal identification numbers called Federal Student Aid PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before the student applies for aid.
The PIN can be used in the following ways (among others):
- Applicant’s electronic signature on the FAFSA and certain student loan contracts
- Parent’s electronic signature on the FAFSA (parent obtains his or her own PIN)
- Access to applicant’s information on FAFSA on the Web, to view FAFSA processing results, to make corrections, or to file a FAFSA based on data the student filed previously
- Access to online information about federal student aid the student has received
Share information about the PIN with your students by copying and distributing the fact sheet “What Is a Federal Student Aid PIN and Why Do I Need One?” which you can download at StudentAid.gov/resources.