So you’ve survived application season, been accepted, and are ready to pack your bags quicker than Aunt Shelia can ask you what you want to major in for the 12th time!

What’s missing? Your FAFSA Login Information! (FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Not what you were wanting to do with your Christmas break, right?

Fortunately for you, your completed FAFSA application can be submitted anytime between January 1st and June 30th.

However, many schools have much earlier FAFSA deadlines and it is highly advised that you submit your FAFSA form as soon as possible after January 1st.

One of the most important and daunting tasks in completing your FAFSA is retrieving a FAFSA Login.

FAFSA Login Process

Below are some common questions and answers to help you get started with the FAFSA login and application process.

  • 1. What’s the first step in completing my FAFSA form?

Sure, it may not be your and your parents’ idea of a fun Saturday afternoon together, but making the FAFSA form a family affair will not only make things run much smoother, but will also give them the chance to show you how important your future is to them.

With that being said, the first step is to persuade your parents to complete their income tax returns before filling out the FAFSA, since much of the information you will be required to report is directly related to taxes.

  • 2. What do I need to know about the FAFSA Login (FAFSA PIN Number) Process?

Realize that you may or may not be able to complete your FAFSA form overnight. You’ll first need to obtain a FAFSA login (or FAFSA PIN number).

If you are applying online and want to sign your FAFSA electronically, you will need to apply for a PIN. (I’ll explain more about this below.)

  • 3. Speaking of the FAFSA login process and PIN numbers, how do I apply for one?

To apply for a FAFSA PIN number, START HERE!

You will be asked for some basic personal information, such as your social security number and email. Finally, you will have the option to choose your own PIN number, or have one assigned to you.

Either way, allow some time for your PIN to process. After all, you’ll need this FAFSA login information to complete your FAFSA form.

Once you receive your PIN, do not share it with anyone else. Your PIN will be used to electronically sign your FAFSA, as well as to access personal information and make changes to your FAFSA in the future.

  • 4. What do I need to know after I’ve completed the FAFSA login process?

The quickest way to complete your FAFSA form is knowing yourself. What do I mean by “knowing yourself?” Great question, I’ll explain…

This means memorizing your social security number  Every time you arrive at the FAFSA login page, you will be asked for your full name, social security number, and date of birth.

Be prepared! Whether you knew it before or not, now is the time to learn it for life, because as college approaches you will be asked for it all the time, and mom will not always be there to give it for you.

You should also have your financial documents handy (i.e. driver’s license, income tax returns, W-2 forms, bank statements, etc.)!

  • 5. What if my parents aren’t always around to help me with the FAFSA login and application process?

I know it sounds scary, but this is your future. Now is the time to prove to your parents how serious you are about the future by beginning the FAFSA login and application process yourself.

You don’t need your parents coaxing you along as you approach the FAFSA form for the first time. As a matter of fact, over half of the information you’ll need to fill out FAFSA after you’ve completed the FAFSA login stage is stuff you already have the answers to, such as your marital status, email, and the colleges you are considering attending.

However, if you happen to get stuck, don’t be afraid to solicit help from your high school counselor. He or she can help you navigate the FAFSA form in little or no time.

  • 6. Okay, after I’ve completed the FAFSA login process and obtained my FAFSA PIN number, where should I go to complete the actual FAFSA form?

To log in to the FAFSA form or to get information on the other ways you can apply, start here: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Imagine that you are signing up for a Facebook account, only your parents are required to report every last dime they’ve made.

Once you’ve read this article, take a few deep breathes, and remember you only have to do this once (with the exception of renewing your FAFSA every 18 months), and get to work!

If you follow the steps outlined above, the FAFSA login and application process will be a breeze!

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Kaitlyn Taylor

Kaitlyn Taylor

Kaitlyn Taylor is a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in Spanish. She comes from a small farm town of 1,000 in West-Central Illinois, making the transition to a large campus challenging. At school Kaitlyn is involved with the University’s Women Glee Choir, and also sings in her Church choir and is involved with her residence hall’s Resident Board. She enjoys writing, biking, and volunteering.
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