How Do I Get a FAFSA PIN Number?

Apply for your FAFSA PIN. Complete your FAFSA. Receive your SAR.


Q: How do I get a FAFSA PIN number? Do I need a FAFSA PIN number?

A: For all the acronyms, getting a FAFSA PIN is a pretty straightforward process if you take the time to see it through. After all, millions of students just like you apply successfully each year. So, go ahead. Apply. Everything is set up so you can apply and check the progress of your application online.

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In the case of student loans, there are a few points we should make up front. One, interest rates on federal loans are far lower than those for commercial loans because the federal government subsidizes them. Repayment terms are liberal and in most instances you do not begin to repay until you leave school. And if you are worried about your credit history disqualifying you, do not worry!!!  Because the amount of your aid depends entirely on your financial need not your past history with creditors. So, you can go for it, or you can hang back. The how-to is right here, but you have to supply the drive.


What is a PIN Number and what is it used for?

Your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is an electronic access code number that serves as your personal identifier.


Your PIN allows you to:

  • Apply online for federal student aid, using FAFSA on the Web.
  • "Sign" your application electronically and complete the student aid process completely online - no paper is involved.
  • If you are a dependent student and one of your parents has a PIN, he or she can sign the application electronically online as well.
  • Make online corrections to your FAFSA.
  • Access your Student Aid Report and make online corrections to it.
  • "Sign" a master Promissory Note for a federal student loan.
  • Access your federal student aid records online, including your student loan history information on NSLDS.

Should I get a FAFSA PIN if I am not applying online?

We encourage you to apply online because that process is much faster and easier. The electronic application process has edits built into it that dramatically reduces the chance for errors. That saves you time and trouble. But, even if you do not apply online, you can use a PIN later to:

  • Look up your processed FAFSA data online.
  • Make online corrections to your application information.
  • Complete your renewal FAFSA online.

How and when should I get a FAFSA PIN?

Go to as soon as possible -- do not wait until you are ready to apply for federal student aid. You should request your PIN before you complete your FAFSA on the Web application. If you are a dependent student, your parents should request a PIN also, so you and your parent can electronically sign your FAFSA on the Web before it is submitted. That way, you will get your results much faster.


When requesting a PIN, you must provide your name (as it appears on your Social Security card), your Social Security number, date of birth, mailing address, and e-mail address (if you have one). After this information has been verified with the Social Security Administration records, a PIN will be generated. If you provide an e-mail address, you will get an e-mail response that contains a link to your PIN in 1-3 days. We encourage you to add their e-mail address:, to your e-mail address book to help prevent e-mail delivery problems. If you do not provide an e-mail address, you will receive your PIN through regular mail in 7-10 days.


Is going to the Web site the only way I can get a PIN?

No. When you submit your FAFSA, (either online or paper), if certain personal data such as your Social Security number and date of birth match Social Security Administration records, they will send you a PIN automatically. However, we encourage you to apply for a PIN early, you will speed up the application process by not having to wait to receive your PIN to electronically sign your application.


What if I have questions about the PIN?

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Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).


Can I get a PIN from the Federal Student Aid Information Center?

No. You can only request a PIN online.