The FAFSA PIN is Now the FSA ID

When submitting the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for financial aid at colleges and universities all over the United States, parents and students have needed a PIN number as their electronic signature.  Recently, Federal Student Aid has changed the PIN to an FSA ID, which will serve as an electronic signature for the:

  • FAFSA,
  • My Federal Student Aid to monitor all Federal Student Aid received,
  • to complete entrance counseling for all Federal Stafford Student Loans and Parent PLUS Loans, and
  • The TEACH Grant Program, allowing future teachers to reduce their Federal Stafford Student Loans up to $4000 per year when agreeing to teach for at least four years

For a parent or student with a PIN number, use the FSA ID website to replace an existing PIN with a FSA ID number.  Just like the PIN, a parent’s FSA ID number can be used to electronically sign more than one child’s FAFSA.

For others without a PIN, the same website can establish a FSA ID.

Just a reminder: all families should submit the FAFSA each year a student is enrolled in college, regardless of family income and asset values.  The only way to be considered for any financial aid is to complete the annual FAFSA.

About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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