What's a FAFSA PIN?

The Federal Student Aid PIN, sometimes called a FAFSA PIN, serves as an electronic signature for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The PIN also provides access to the student’s or parent’s personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. It’s like the Personal Identification Number (PIN) that a consumer uses to access his or her bank accounts from an ATM.

The student and his or her parent (if the student is a dependent student) should each have their own PINs. Anyone who has a valid Social Security number (SSN) and who is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen may apply for a FAFSA PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.