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Sign the FAFSA

The FAFSA may be signed either by printing off a paper signature page or by signing with a Department of Education PIN. After requesting a PIN, it can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access Federal Student Aid records online. The PIN must not be shared with anyone because it serves as an electronic signature and provides access to personal records.

To Apply For A Pin

  1. Visit the Federal Student Aid PIN Website and click "Apply Now"
  2. Enter the required information
  3. After submission, the PIN will be emailed to you. Never share your PIN, it is your unique confidential login key.
  4. After the PIN has been emailed to you, visit, click either "Start A New FAFSA" or "Login", and follow prompts in order to e-sign your FAFSA.
  5. In order to apply for a PIN, a student or parent must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN). If you do not have a valid SSN, you may print off and sign a Signature Page from the FAFSA. You can either mail the signature page to Federal Student Aid processing at the address printed on the signature page, OR provide the original signed document to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Retrieve a Forgotten PIN

The Federal Student Aid PIN Website provides several ways to retrieve a PIN that has been lost or forgotten:

  • Request A Duplicate PIN
    The PIN will be shown after entering the Social Security Number, the first two letters of the last name, and date of birth of the applicant
  • Access My PIN Email
    The PIN will be emailed to the applicant after entering their Social Security Number, the first two letters of their last name, and their date of birth

The Federal Student Aid PIN Website also provides opportunities to:

  • Change My PIN
  • Update My Personal Information
  • Disable My PIN
  • Reestablish My PIN
  • Activate My PIN

All options are located on the site's left-hand navigation.

Signing Options

A student may decide to print off a copy of the FAFSA signature page to sign and submit. The student and/or their parent can also sign electronically with a Department of Education PIN.

  1. Visit
  2. Click on "Start Here" and follow login prompts.
  3. Click "Provide Signatures".
  4. Follow instructions provided to either sign the FAFSA with a PIN, or print a signature page
  5. If you choose to "Print a Signature Page":
    • Mail the page to the federal address listed on the signature page --- OR ---
    • Mail the page to:
      Office of Student Financial Aid
      0210 Beardshear Hall
      Ames, IA 50011
    • Photocopies or faxes can't be accepted, signature(s) must be original in INK