FAFSA Pin Number

What’s a FAFSA Pin Number?

You’ll need a FAFSA PIN number to complete the FAFSA form and apply for federal financial aid. The PIN or Personal Identification Number is a 4 digit number that is used to identify you.

It’s similar to the PIN number that you use with your debit card to take money out of the ATM, except this PIN number lets you access your personal information on certain U.S. Department of Education systems.

The PIN number also allows you to sign your FAFSA online application and to correct any information on your FAFSA form.

Similar to a bank account pin number, you should NEVER share your FAFSA PIN number with anyone. By keeping this number to yourself, you’ll be taking the necessary step to keep your personal information secure.

You should also make sure you keep your PIN number written down in a safe place with all of your other financial aid documentation.

How Do I Apply For a FAFSA PIN Number?

To apply for a FAFSA PIN number, you must visit the following website: PIN.ed.gov

Just follow the instructions and you should be able to instantly view your PIN number via email. You should see the following screens as you proceed through the FAFSA PIN number process:

Screen 1 – Welcome Page

Screen 2 – Instructions

Screen 3 – Enter Personal Information

Where Do I Use My FAFSA PIN Number?

Your FAFSA PIN Number can be used on the following 4 websites:

  • FAFSA on the web (FAFSA.ed.gov) – As I mentioned above, you’ll need your PIN number to access and complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form. Your PIN number also allows you to perform the following:

a) Make corrections to your FAFSA

b) Electronically sign your completed FAFSA form

c) Request a copy of the FAFSA information you submitted

d) Add a federal college school code to your FAFSA application

  • The National Student Loan Data System (nslds.ed.gov) – This is another useful site where your FAFSA PIN number comes in handy. This site allows you to view a history of all the federal student financial aid you’ve received to date. This site is especially useful for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who may have already received financial aid during their freshman year.
  • Direct Loan Consolidation (loanconsolidation.ed.gov) – If you ever decide to consolidate your student loans, Your FAFSA Pin number will also allow you to monitor the progress of the entire loan consolidation process online.
  • Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (StudentLoans.gov) – If you are required to sign a master promissory note for your direct loans, you can do so electronically by using your FAFSA Pin number on this site.

You should make sure that any website you visit that asks for your FAFSA Pin number ends in .gov; don’t let other sites that end in .com trick you!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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