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Goodbye Federal PIN. Hello FSA ID

Anyone who’s completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is familiar with the Federal Personal Identification Number (PIN), the four-digit number used by the student and a parent to electronically sign the FAFSA each year. The PIN serves to authenticate the identity of the user, and allow current and former students to access their federal student aid records online. But as of May 10, 2015, the PIN is no longer.

The new Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID will be replacing the PIN in an effort to better protect the personal information of all FSA system users. The FSA ID will consist of a username and password selected by the individual, and will be used on the FAFSA website, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS),,, and the TEACH Grant website.

The implementation of the FSA ID, originally scheduled for April 26, 2015, will now occur on May 10, 2015. Individuals visiting an FSA website with a PIN on or after May 10th will be directed to a website to create an FSA ID before proceeding further. No action or preparation will be required prior to May 10th. For a step-by-step explanation of the process, view Federal Student Aid's Guide on creating an FSA ID.

Anyone with questions about the FSA ID can contact the Federal Student Aid customer service line at 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243).

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