Applying for Financial Aid - Step 2

You should request a Federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) at the PIN website.  A PIN is a 4-digit number that is used in combination with your Social Security number, name, and date of birth to identify you as someone who has the right to access your personal information on Federal Student Aid websites such as FAFSA on the Web.

Your PIN can be used electronically to sign your FAFSA application, which will decrease the processing time for your aid. You can also use your PIN to make online corrections to your FAFSA, access your Student Aid Report (SAR), sign the Master Promissory Note for a federal student loan and access your federal student aid records online, including your student loan history information on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Parents of dependent student should also request a PIN.

The security of your PIN is important because it can be used to:

  • Electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents
  • Access your personal records, and
  • Make binding legal obligations

Please keep your PIN because you can use it each time you apply for financial aid throughout your college career.


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