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By Dean TsouvalasStudentAdvisor.com Editor-in-ChiefGet ready to block out a couple of hours on your calendar to sit down and just get that FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) done. If you'll be applying for aid you should definitely do it online. The Department of Education recommends using FAFSA on the Web for several reasons:
So now that you know where to go, it's time to gather what you'll need to get started. Here are 3 things you need to do in order to start filling out that FAFSA!
Before beginning the FAFSA, you should apply for a U.S. Department of Education personal identification number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and to correct your processed FAFSA information online. Apply for your PIN ASAP because processing your request could take at least 2-5 business days.
Providing an email address will speed up the process. If you are providing parent information on the FAFSA, one of your parents must also sign your application. To sign electronically, your parent must apply for his or her own PIN.
Required personal identification information and financial documents:
Your college or high school might have a copy of the worksheet, or you can print one from www.fafsa.ed.gov. This worksheet is optional, but it will help you collect the information you need to fill out your FAFSA online.
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