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So Long Federal PIN, Hello FSA ID – Starts May 10th!

For a number of years, college-bound students (and their parents in most cases) across the country would be required to utilize their uniquely assigned Federal PIN to electronically sign and submit their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). In addition, this Federal PIN would serve as an electronic signature for any education loans accessed through the website. The Federal PIN was versatile and opened a number of doors when it came to accessing education information/services provided by the Department of Education (,,, etc…).

The Federal PIN has served us well but it is now time for it to retire and allow a new age of technology to take its place and be the gatekeeper to all things good when it comes to college affordability and accessibility for future generations of students.  This new technology is known as the Federal Student Aid ID or FSA ID for short. Beginning Sunday May 10th, 2015, the FSA ID replaces the PIN as the new way in which you will identify yourself with the Department of Education. Below is a nice visual of the simple 6-step process required to get your new FSA ID (on or after May 10th). I hope you find this information helpful as you continue to achieve your education goals!



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3 Responses to “So Long Federal PIN, Hello FSA ID – Starts May 10th!”

  1. Cecilia Johnston says:

    Where did you find this nifty graphic? I looked on the various Dept of Education websites and couldn’t find it.
    Thanks so much!

    • Doug Schantz says:

      Hi Cecilia! Thanks for reaching out! The instructional graphic comes straight from the Department of Education. If you click on the picture above, it will pop up a PDF version that you can use for distribution to students and families. Enjoy!

  2. kaylee says:

    I need help with getting a scholarship for college! I don’t have a lot of money to pay for college !