The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year if you would like to apply for federal and state financial aid (grants, work study, and loans). Students and parents (dependent students) may complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.
The student and at least one parent (dependent students) whose information was used on the FAFSA should apply for a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov or while completing the FAFSA online. The federal PIN will serve as your signature on the FAFSA and will also allow you to make online corrections, if necessary.
Remember that the first word in FAFSA is free. If you choose to use a paid preparer to complete the FAFSA, remember that the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act requires paid preparers to include on the FAFSA their name, their company's name (if applicable), their address or the company address, and either their SSN or the company Employer Identification Number (EIN, as assigned by the IRS). The preparer must also sign the FAFSA. Note: Those who advise students without charging a fee, such as high school counselors and financial aid administrators, are not considered preparers.