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FAFSA Signature Resolution

FAFSA Requires Signatures! 

Federal Student Aid MUST collect signatures from you and your parents (if applicable) when you file a FAFSA. No signatures, no FAFSA progress. There are three ways to sign:

  • Electronically with a PIN
  • By printing, signing and mailing a signature page after you submit a FAFSA
  • By signing your Student Aid Report (SAR) and returning it in the mail to:  Federal Student Aid Programs, P.O. Box 4692, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-49692

Tips!

The application process is much faster if you use your PIN to electronically sign your application. Also, if you already have a PIN you can use it to sign your FAFSA from one year to the next.

If You Don't Have a PIN

If you have not previously received a PIN, you have several options to apply for a PIN and have it delivered to you.

1. Access Federal Student Aid's PIN Web site at www.pin.ed.gov and select Apply For A PIN. You may select one of the following PIN delivery methods:

  • Instantly view your PIN online.
  • Receive an e-mail with the PIN immediately.
  • Request the PIN be mailed to you (approximately 7 to 10 days for delivery).

2. Apply for a PIN while filling out the FAFSA. You may select one of the following PIN delivery methods:

  • Instantly view your PIN online. You may use it right away to sign your FAFSA.
  • Receive an e-mail with the PIN immediately. You may use it right away to sign your FAFSA.
  • Request the PIN be mailed to you (approximately 7 to 10 days for delivery).

Important Note:

A PIN that is viewed instantly online or is sent to you in an e-mail is considered to be conditional until your information is confirmed with the Social Security Administration (1 to 3 days from the date you first apply). You may sign your FAFSA one-time with your preliminary PIN. Once confirmation is complete, you will be able to use your PIN for other purposes (such as correcting your SAR or accessing other Federal Student Aid Web sites.

Keep in mind that you only have to apply for a PIN one-time. You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) can use the same PIN each year. To ensure quick processing, use your PIN every year to sign your FAFSA. Your parents can even use the same PIN to sign FAFSAs for your siblings.