The U.S. Department of Education requires that all male
students born after 1959 be registered with Selective Service
before they are eligible to receive any federal financial aid.
Selective Service records indicate you are not registered.
Almost all male U.S. citizens regardless of where they live, and
male immigrant aliens residing in the U.S., are required to be
registered with Selective Service if they are at least 18 years old
but are not yet 26 years old. Men who are 26 years old and older
are too old to register.
If you are currently registered with Selective Service, please send proof of your registration to the Financial Aid Office.
If you are not registered and are between the ages of 18 and 25, you will need to register before your financial aid can be
processed. You may fill out the back of this information sheet, return it to the Financial Aid Office, and we will register you
with Selective Service. Please be sure to sign the registration form otherwise we will not be able to process your request.
You may also register on line at www.sss.gov. If you register online, you will immediately be given a Selective Service
Number. Please be sure to print out the page that shows your number and send a copy of this page to the Financial Aid
If you were born after 1959, have not registered and are 26 years old or older, you must contact Selective Service at
(847) 688-6888 to discuss your situation. Selective Service will then send you a letter which outlines your eligibility
status. You must provide a copy of this letter to the Financial Aid Office, and a written signed explanation of why you
failed to register.
There are some cases where a male is exempt from registering. These exemptions are listed below. If you fall into one of
these categories, please visit the Financial Aid Office with any documentation you have to support this.
Males currently in the armed services and on active duty (this exception does not apply to members of the Reserve
and National Guard who are not on active duty);
Males who are not yet 18 at the time that they complete their FAFSA application (an update is not required during
the year, even if a student turns 18 after completing the application);
Males born before 1960;
Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau;
Noncitizens who first entered the U.S. after they turned 26;
Noncitizens who entered the U.S. as lawful non-immigrants on a valid visa and remained in the U.S. on the terms of
that visa until after they turned 26.
There are certain less common situations in which registration isn’t necessary. Students who weren’t required to register prior
to meeting one of these criteria and who meet a criterion for the entire time through the age of 25 qualify for the waiver if:
They are unable to register due to being hospitalized, incarcerated, or institutionalized.
They are enrolled in any officer procurement program at The Citadel, North Georgia College and State University,
Norwich University, Virginia Military Institute, Texas A&M University, or Virginia Polytechnic and State
They are commissioned Public Health Service officers on active duty or members of the Reserve of the Public
Health Service on specified active duty.
If you are a veteran of the Armed Services, and served active duty, please provide a copy of your DD214.
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