What is a PIN, and will I need it to complete the FAFSA?

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A Federal Student Aid PIN is a 4-digit number or 6-character alphabetic code that is assigned to a student or parent to access Federal Student Aid Web sites and to sign a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

While you are not required to have a PIN to complete and submit a FAFSA on the Web application, it is the fastest way to sign your application and have it processed. It is also the only way to access or correct your information online, or to pre-fill a FAFSA on the Web application with information from your previous year’s FAFSA.

If you do not have a PIN or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one at www.pin.ed.gov.

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