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Applying for Your FAFS Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Applying for Your FAFS Personal Identification Number (PIN)

 

This Web site is your source of information for the Federal Student Aid PIN. (http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp)

 

The PIN Application is for students and parents who do not already have a Federal Student Aid PIN and would like to apply for one. 

 

The PIN Application Process consists of 3 steps: Step 1: Enter Personal Information Step 2: Submit Your PIN Application Step 3: Receive Your PIN

 

Select Next to continue with the PIN Application process.

  • If you already have a Federal Student Aid PIN, but have lost or forgotten it, you can request a duplicate by selecting Request A Duplicate PIN from the home page.
  • If you believe your PIN has been compromised, you can request a different PIN by selecting Change My PIN from the home page.
  • If you previously disabled your PIN and would like to begin using it again, you can reestablish your PIN by selecting Reestablish My PIN from the home page.

If you have further questions, refer to the Customer Service page.

 

Your PIN is used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online. . If you view the “Before Beginning a FAFSA Overview” on www.fafsa.gov, you will be directed to apply for your FAFSA PIN. If you receive a PIN, you agree not to share it with anyone. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA. Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place.

 

Obtaining a FAFSA PIN consists of the following steps:

 

1.       Collect the following Information you will need to fill out FAFSA

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your parents’ Social Security Number if you are dependent
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. Citizen
  • Your PIN number and your parents’ PIN  if you are dependent
  • Your 2010 Federal Income Tax Return, your parents; 2010 federal income tax return if you are dependent
  • Current bank statements and investment records
  • Untaxed income records for 2010 (Social Security benefits, Welfare Benefits, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Assistance or Veterans Benefits

NOTE:

The FAFSA requires a six character Federal School Code for each college/university where you are applying. Visit the following web site to obtain the school code.

https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/schoolSearch?locale=en_EN

 

2.       Apply for a PIN

  • As a student, you can apply for a PIN when you submit your FAFSA
  • Parents can request a PIN at the same time
  • Both student (if dependent)  and parents will need a PIN to sign the FAFSA electronically
  • The PIN number can also be sent to your via your postal address or email
  • Your PIN number will allow you access, complete and submission of the form electronically
  • You will be able to make corrections and or update after FAFSA has been processed

Request a Duplicate PIN

 

  • If you forget your PIN you can request a duplicate one
  • You will be asked a series of questions to certify you are the person you say you are
  • If you are not this person, you will not be authorized to proceed and exit
  • You may be fined up to $20,000.00, face a prison term or both

Note:

You will be asked to select a challenge question and provide a challenge answer. If you forget your PIN, you can request a duplicate by providing the answer to the challenge question.

 

Change Your PIN

  • If you lost your PIN, you can request a new one
  • You will be asked a series of questions to certify you are the person you say you are
  • If you are not this person, you will not be authorized to proceed and exit
  • You may be fined up to $20,000.00, face a prison term or both

Reestablish Your PIN

  • If you previously disabled your PIN and want to regain online access to your Federal Student Aid information, you will need to answer a series of questions and then select the  Submit Request button.

PIN Customer Service

For assistance with problems or using the PIN site, or for specific questions about the PIN, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). If you are hearing-impaired and have questions, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

 

To e-mail Customer Service, complete the fields on the web site page and then select click on the Submit Request button.

 

Note:

A virtual keyboard, like the one shown below, may be provided on the web site for you to enter your information.

 

 3.       Complete the FAFSA Worksheet

http://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/attachments/1112FOTWWkshtEnglish.pdf

 

  • To save yourself time, visit the link above to print out a copy of the FAFSA web worksheet.
  •  Sit down with the FAFSA web worksheet copy and all the documents you previously collected such as tax returns, bank statements, asset information and other information to start filling out the form.
  • Once you have the worksheet completed, you are ready to sit down and fill out the online form

 4.       Submitting Your FAFSA

You can choose one of these three methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Login to apply online (Recommended) https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/fafsa?locale=en_US
  • Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or
  • Request a paper FAFSA by calling us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.
  • Once you have completed the FAFSA, review it for any errors. You may want to do this after you have taken a break from it for a while. If you find any errors, correct them before submitting the FAFSA form.

Complete a PDF FAFSA

The PDF FAFSA is available for you to print and fill out manually or is screen-fillable. Screen-fillable means you can enter your data on the screen before printing.

 

Note:

Please Note that if you choose the PDF option, you will not be able to save your data to your PC.

If you mail your FAFSA, send it via signed receipt so you get a Certificate of Mailing from the U.S. Postal Service.

 

5.       Sign Your FAFSA and Contact Numbers at FAFSA

 

You can sign the FAFSA form electronically with your PIN number. This is the fastest way to avoid delays in the processing of your application.

 

  • If you are a dependent student, your FAFSA form will need to be signed by your parents as well.
  • If you choose not to sign electronically, you will need to print out a signature page, sign and mail it in.
  • If you need help you can call one of the following numbers for assistance:
    • TTY 1-800-730-8913
    • There is also a form online where you can ask questions, send comments or describe a technical issue you are having. You will receive a response to your email from a FAFSA Customer Service Representative
    • You can also send us an email at: FederalStudentAidCustomerService@ed.gov
    • Hours of operationare:
      • Monday through Friday 8AM-11:59 PM (Eastern Time)
      • Saturday 9AM-6PM (Eastern Time)
      • Not available on Sundays and Federal Holidays 

FAFSA Deadline

 

Check the corresponding state FAFSA Deadline at the following site to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid available.

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1112/pdf/Deadlines.pdf

 

It is not advantageous to wait until after you file a tax return because you will lose time and money. Estimate from your last year’s tax return and update the FAFSA form at a later date.

 

In conclusion:

  • Collect the documents you will need to fill out FAFSA
  • Apply for a PIN
  • Complete the FAFSA Worksheet
  • Submitting Your FAFSA
  • Sign Your FAFSA and Contact Numbers at FAFSA

 

 


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