FAFSA Step-by-Step

STEP ONE
Apply for a PIN number from the U. S. Department of Education

Go to www.pin.ed.gov
 
-- A PIN number will allow you to sign your FAFSA application electronically

-- If you are required to include parent information on your FAFSA, one Parent will also need a PIN
number, because they must sign your FAFSA, too.

-- You will also need a PIN number in order to complete Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and to
complete a Master Promissory Note

Tip

Forgetting your PIN could cost you time and money!

Make sure you remember your PIN number.  You will need it every year that you are going to college.  It is a very important number.  Write it down and keep it in a safe place.  Don’t let someone else request a PIN for you.  During the PIN application process you will be asked to set up challenge questions that will allow you to retrieve your PIN if you forget it.  If you can’t answer those questions, you will have to start over and request a new PIN.

 


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