Policy - Selective Service

All males between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to register with the Selective Service System (SSS) if they are a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen. Lawful nonimmigrants are not required to register unless they become a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen before their 26th birthday. Students who become U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens after their 26th birthday are not required to register.

After the student submits the FAFSA, the Department of Education matches the information provided to the SSS database. If they could not confirm the student’s Selective Service registration and they are male, the student must provide one of the following before we can continue with processing a financial aid application:

  • Confirmation of Selective Service registration.
  • A copy of the entry visa into the United States showing the student was 26 or older.
  • A Status Information Letter from SSS stating the student is not required to register for Selective Service.
  • A Status Information Letter that says the student was required to register but failed to do so. This must be submitted along with a notarized letter outlining why they did not register documenting that it was not knowing and willful.
  • For males over 26 a copy of the DD-214, military ID, or current full-time active duty orders
  • A copy of an official government issued ID (driver’s license, state issued ID, birth certificate, passport) for males born prior to 1960.

The Status Information Letter is requested on the SSS website at http://www.sss.gov.

If the gender question on the FAFSA was not answered and the student is female, the record will be flagged for Selective Service. We will resolve this on the student’s behalf.