A recent post in the New York Times' Bucks Making: The Most of Money Blog blog covers an extremely important topic for college students: Safeguarding your Federal Student Aid PIN.
While it might seem to be the easiest way to share your student loan data, when seeking help with your student loan questions, I would be wary of providing the PIN to a third party. You open yourself up for identity theft, which can be cumbersome to resolve. In addition, you may be targeted with unwanted marketing campaigns.
With the use of the Federal Student Aid PIN, you are permitting access to your social security number, date of birth, address, and federal financial aid information/history. To read the NYT blog go to Bucks: Making The Most of Money .