How do I apply for a PIN?
The PIN Application Process consists of 3 steps:
Step 1: Enter Personal Information
- Let us know who you are. Provide us with your Social Security Number, name, date of birth, mailing address, and e-mail address.
- (Optional) Choose your own 4-digit PIN so it is easier for you to remember. If you don´t choose your own PIN, we will randomly generate one for you.
- Select a challenge question and answer. This adds an extra level of security to your PIN. If you forget your PIN at some point, you can request a duplicate by providing the answer to your challenge question.
Step 2: Submit Your PIN Application
- Agree not to share your PIN with anyone. The security of your PIN is important because it can be used to electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents, access your personal records, and make binding legal obligations.
Choose how you´d like to receive your PIN (Note: if you
selected your own PIN, this option will not display). You can
- instantly view your PIN online, or
- receive an e-mail with the PIN immediately.
Step 3: Receive Your PIN
- A confirmation page displays and indicates that your application has been successfully submitted. If you chose to view your PIN online, it will display on this confirmation page.
- If you chose to receive an e-mail, you will receive it immediately. This e-mail will contain a link to our secure PIN delivery Web site where you will be able to enter your personal information and retrieve your PIN online.
Your PIN is considered to be conditional until your information is verified with the Social Security Administration (SSA). You may use your PIN to:
- Sign an initial Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and
- Participate in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data retrieval and transfer process.
Once we complete verification with the SSA (1-3 days), you will be able to use your PIN to access your personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites.