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Getting Started - FAFSA

Those who are interested in financial assistance must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) either electronically or by mail using a paper form.
1.  FILING ON THE WEB - NO PIN (What is a PIN?)
  • Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to file the FAFSA electronically
  • Click on Start a New FAFSA.
  • Select the appropriate FAFSA. Choose 2013 - 2014 (good through Summer 2014; must use 2012 income tax statements). The 2014-2015 FAFSA is effective fall 2014.
  • Read the information on signing electronically and answer the question – "Do you want to sign your application now by using your PIN?" Select "YES" or "NO."
  • If NO, click next. Enter a social security number, last name, first name, date of birth, and create a password.  Click next and enter the FAFSA information. When applicants get to the signature portion of the application process, they should print the signature page, sign it and mail it to the address provided. Next, applicants should click to submit the application.
2.  FILING ON THE WEB - WITH PIN
  • Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to file the FAFSA electronically.
  • Click on Start a New FAFSA.
  • Select the appropriate FAFSA. Choose 2013 - 2014 (good through Summer 2014). The 2014-2015 FAFSA is effective fall 2014.
  • Read the information on signing electronically and answer the question – "Do you want to sign your application now by using your PIN?" Select "YES" or "NO."
  • If YES, click next. Enter a social security number, last name, first name, date of birth, student's PIN, and create a password. Enter FAFSA information. For signatures, enter student's PIN and parents' PIN (if required to provide parental information on FAFSA). Next, applicants should click to submit the application.
  • To obtain a PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov and select "Apply for a PIN." Applicants will need to provide social security numbers, a full name, complete address, date of birth, e-mail address (if available) and a security pass phrase. Upon approval, a PIN will be mailed, or emailed, to the applicant in approximately three business days.
  • Individuals who have lost or forgotten their PINs can request a duplicate by visiting www.pin.ed.gov and selecting "Request a Duplicate PIN." Instructions for replacing the PIN will be provided.
3.  FILING VIA US MAIL – PAPER FORM
  • Request a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4FED-AID or 1-800-433-3243. Students may request up to three copies of the paper application and should receive their FAFSAs in 3-7 business days. Or you can complete and print a PDF FAFSA.
  • Complete the application and mail it in the self addressed envelope provided in the FAFSA packet. It normally takes around 4 weeks to process the application once it has been received.
  • Notification, called the Student Aid Report (SAR), will be returned through regular postal service mail. Schools listed on the FAFSA will also receive a copy of the SAR.
  • More information about the variety of financial aid programs and how to apply for them is available by returning to the main page of Financial Aid, by calling the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (843) 921-6991, or by visiting the Cheraw campus.

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