Complete Your Income Tax Returns Right Away
If you or your parents need to delay the filing of you tax returns, you are encouraged to complete the FAFSA with estimated tax information from the previous filing year to avoid completing the FAFSA too late and missing out on eligible funds. Also, you may need one of the following items:
- 2015 Tax Return
- 2015 Supplemental Security Income
- 2015 W-2 Form
- 2015 Unemployment Benefits
- 2015 TANF and/or WIC benefit summary end of the year pay stub
- 2015 Disability Benefits
If you complete the FAFSA based on an estimate, file your (and your parents) taxes as soon after January 1 as possible. Follow-up by making any necessary corrections to the FAFSA on the Web by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:
Students and parents who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to complete the FAFSA or to make corrections, may be selected for verification and have to provide an IRS Tax Transcript.
Get a PIN
A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is a 4-digit number that is used in combination with your Social Security Number, name, and date of birth to electronically sign the FAFSA and to access your Federal Student Aid records online.
Parents: If you are a parent and you want to electronically sign a FAFSA for your child, you need your own PIN. If you have more than one child attending college, use the same PIN to sign their applications.
To get a PIN, each student and at least one parent must complete a brief application at www.pin.ed.gov or opt for a real-time PIN at time of completing a FAFSA on the Web. The PIN Application Process consists of 3 steps:
- Step 1: Enter Personal Information
- Step 2: Submit Your PIN Application
- Step 3: Receive Your PIN
Keep in mind that a real-time PIN is valid temporarily, for the purpose of signing the FAFSA on the Web until the social security number can be matched and verified. If the match fails, the PIN will be disabled and the FAFSA application will be rejected and must be corrected.
You can still complete the FAFSA on the Web without a PIN; you simply have to print out and mail in a signature page. Keep in mind processing the FAFSA using this option will take longer (6-8 weeks). Parents unable to apply for a PIN must use this option.
Keep your PIN in a safe place! You should never give your PIN to anyone, including persons assisting you to complete your FAFSA. To do so gives others access to view and change your personal records, which is dangerous and a violation of the signed agreement.
Get your PIN here!