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Completing the FAFSA

Step 1: Obtain PIN Number

Be sure you have your PIN number (and that your parents have their number(s) if your parents are required to sign). The PIN number is a 4 digit number used to sign FAFSA. Your federal PIN is not the same as the 4 digit code used to log into computers and the Student Portal at BIR.

If you do not remember your PIN If you do not have a PIN
1. Go to www.pin.ed.gov 1. Go to www.pin.ed.gov
2. Click “Request a Duplicate PIN” 2. Click “Apply for a PIN”
3. Make sure your information is correct. Enter your information. Then choose one of the three delivery methods. “Display Now” or “e-mail” are strongly encouraged methods. “Postal Mail” can take up to 14 days to arrive. 3. Enter your information. It is recommended that you enter an e-mail address to ensure the fastest processing.
4. If your parent does not remember his/her PIN, he/she can request a duplicate by following the same steps. 4. If your parent needs a PIN, he/she can apply by following the same steps. *If they are not US Citizens, please contact Financial Aid to ask how your parents can sign your FAFSA.

Step 2: Gather Required Information

  • Your Social Security Number and your parent’s Social Security Numbers if you are providing parent information.
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one.
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a US citizen and your parent’s Alien Registration Numbers if you are providing parent information.
  • Federal tax information or tax returns, and/or W2s for the most recent tax year for yourself, for your spouse if you are married, and for your parents if you are providing parent information.
  • Records of untaxed income, such as Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and veterans benefits, for yourself (and for your parents if you are providing parent information); and information on savings, investments, and business and farm assets for yourself (and for your parents if you are providing parent information).

Step 3: Complete the FAFSA

  • Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Click “Fill Out Your FAFSA”
  • Choose the correct school year by following the date range.
  • Answer the questions.
  • BIR's school code is 034483
  • If possible, use the IRS data retrieval tool to import your tax information.

Step 4: Sign the FAFSA with Your PIN

  • Enter your PIN number at the end of your application to submit your FAFSA. You should see a confirmation screen when you are finished that tells you your FAFSA was successfully submitted.
  • If your parents are required to sign, they can go to www.fafsa.ed.gov after you receive your confirmation and click “Sign Electronically with your PIN”.

Step 5: Follow Up on Your FAFSA

  • Your application will be processed and you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) by e-mail or by mail. You should review your SAR for any necessary corrections or updates.
  • BIR will electronically receive your application and review your award package.
  • If you do not receive a SAR or have not been contacted by BIR, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select “Check the Status of a Submitted FAFSA”, call 1-800-4-FED-AID, or call BIR’s Financial Aid office at 773-77-1478.

BIR will receive your FAFSA in 2-3 business days and contact you if any additional paperwork is required.

The Department of Education selects certain students to verify information that was provided on the FAFSA. Items that may be verified include: income information, household size, or proof of high school diploma or GED.

Next, please complete Entrance Couseling and sign a Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov.

There is Free Help Available

Online: There are “Help” buttons on every page of the online FAFSA application. You can also click the “Live Help” button to chat with a customer service representative directly online between the hours of 7am and 11pm Central time.

By Phone: For help toll-free between the hours of 7am and 11pm Central time, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

In Person: Contact the Financial Aid office at BIR Training Center at 773-977-1478 to make an appointment.