In order to apply for Federal grants, loans, scholarships, etc
You need to get a Federal financial aid PIN to electronically sign the FAFSA.
Even though you apply electronically for a PIN, some human intervention must be required, because RECEIVING a PIN takes 3 business days.
So I applied for a PIN last week, and got an email last night telling me that I could come and view it on the website.
When you reach the website, you're asked to re-enter a bunch of your information, including the answer to a challenge question.
After I was told I'd answered something incorrectly (but not WHAT I had entered incorrectly) 5 times, I was locked out of the site and told I'd have to reapply for a PIN.
So now I get to wait 3 more business days to find out if I'll be locked out AGAIN when I try to retrieve my new PIN.
What the fuck. What do I do if the website is broken? Submit the paper form? Call... who? No number on the site that I can find.
I hate government.
March 14th, 2007 1:41pm
You should work with ~~x on this. He's taking thousands from the gov't.
March 14th, 2007 1:42pm
All he had to do was program a wimpy little PIN system for them.
The number of people who fail to come back the third time (yes, there will be another time!) is massive savings for the government.
March 14th, 2007 2:03pm
>> The number of people who fail to come back the third time (yes, there will be another time!) is massive savings for the government. <<
Lightens the load on the education system, too.
If they can't remember a simple PIN, how can you expect them to remember when the battle at Waterloo was?
March 14th, 2007 2:09pm
How did you know my pin is 1812?
March 14th, 2007 2:14pm
Hah, Canada is clearly better, our ePass system works w/out human intervention. OTOH, they want you to have 3 backup bits of information in case you forget your password.
March 14th, 2007 2:15pm
We knew you liked Tchaikovsky. It was one of the questions on the application.
March 14th, 2007 2:15pm
They can't mail it to you, snail mail? That sucks.
When you do fill out the FAFSA, make sure you ask your SCHOOL's FA office what their school code is. If you get it wrong the FAFSA customer service people are unbelievably stupid (not that that's a surprise) and will refuse to believe that you don't have the right one.
If there are a lot of similarly-named schools to yours it can be a real pain.
March 14th, 2007 3:29pm