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What is a PIN?

Formerly known as the Electronic Access Code (EAC), a PIN is an electronic access code number that serves as an identifier. A PIN lets you access your personal federal student aid information online in various U.S. Department of Education systems. It works much like the personal identification number you get from your bank.

You can use your PIN to:

  • File your Renewal FAFSA online application
  • Use the IRS data retrieval link to transfer data from the IRS to your FAFSA application
  • Sign your FAFSA electronically
  • View your processed information and access Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Make corrections to your application information
  • Access the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) web site and view information about other federal student aid you may have received
  • Electronically sign a master promissory note
  • Access your Direct Loan account through Direct Loan Servicing

We recommend applicants to use their PIN# (and their parents PIN#, if applicant is a dependent student) to complete their FAFSA application.  Using the IRS data retrieval button in the FAFSA application will minimize errors.  Using the PIN# to "sign" your FAFSA electronically will allow the student aid process to be completed totally online and faster than sending in mailing a written signature. Your electronic signature holds the same legal status as a written signature, so do not give out your PIN to anyone. Once you get a PIN, you should remember it, because you use the same PIN in the future to apply electronically for student aid and to access your U.S. Department of Education records.

To protect the privacy of the information you are submitting, you must keep your PIN secret. If you need a PIN, have lost or forgotten your PIN, or if you think someone else knows your PIN, you can request a new one at:


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