Applying for Aid
The Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (PIN) serves as your personal identifier and permits you to access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. Your federal PIN also serves as your electronic signature for U.S. Department of Education purposes, so do not share it with anyone. It's like the Personal Identification Number that you get from your bank that enables you to access your account.
Each student filer needs a federal PIN. A federal PIN should be requested from the U.S. Department of Education's PIN Registration site at least 10 days prior to the time you plan to file the FAFSA. For dependent students, the parent providing the income information should also have a PIN. For more information regarding dependency status for filing a FAFSA or which parents' information is to be reported in cases of separation and divorce, obtain a copy of the paper FAFSA booklet and read the instructions carefully.
Those students who submitted a FAFSA for a previous academic year should have received a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education. If you cannot locate your PIN or do not have one, request a federal PIN. Once you receive your PIN, you can then complete and submit the electronic FAFSA. Parents of dependent students also need to request a PIN.