How Do You Apply for a PIN at FAFSA?


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The Department of Education no longer uses the Federal Student Aid PIN system, according to the Federal Student Aid office. The Federal Student Aid PIN was replaced with the Federal Student Aid ID on May 10, 2015. The Federal Student Aid ID system requires a username and password instead of just a PIN, which increases security.

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To apply for an Fedral Student Aid ID, visit FSAID.ED.gov, input your email address, and create a username and password. Continue fill in the required information and agree to the terms of service to complete registration. Some required information to make an account are your social security number, mailing address and date of birth. It is optional to verify your email address, but doing so enables the use of your email address to login to certain Department of Education websites. FAFSA.gov and StudentLoans.gov are some websites that require use of an FSA ID to access your account.

If you are a dependent student, your parents are also required to sign up for an FSA ID, states the Federal Student Aid office. Since an FSA ID serves as a signature, all FSA IDs are unique and you may not create an FSA ID for anyone but yourself. Only one FSA ID is allowed per email address.

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