To complete your FAFSA electronically, you will need a PIN. The U.S. Department of Education will assign your PIN, and it can be used to:

Applying for a PIN

  • Visit
  • Provide name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and address
  • Data is matched with Social Security Administration
  • Receive PIN in seven to ten days
  • Remains the same each year, do not need to reapply

Electronic Delivery of PIN

  • Provide email address
  • Receive email about special website, including PIN key (not PIN)
  • Use PIN key to access actual PIN on website
  • Displayed one time only