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PIN Number

What is a PIN?
A PIN is an electronic access code number that serves as your identifier and electronic signature. You can use your PIN to:

  • electronically sign the FAFSA on the Web, which means the FAFSA can be completed totally online
  • electroncially sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for PLUS Loans
  • complete a renewal FAFSA

We encourage you to apply for a PIN (if you do not already have one issued by the Department of Education) before completing the FAFSA on the Web. Since your PIN acts as your electronic signature, do not give this information to anyone. Be sure to remember your PIN, as you will be able to use the same one each year.

Where can I get a PIN?
You can only request a PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov
. When requesting a PIN, you will need to provide your name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and home mailing address or your email address. If you provide an email address, you will receive a response via email which contains a link to your PIN. If you do not provide an email address, you will receive your PIN through your regular mail service.

Last Reviewed: November 12, 2004