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Selective Service Registration Compliance
Anyone required to register with Selective Service at any time
must have done so in order to receive federal student aid.
Generally, men between the ages of 18 through 25 are required to
register with the Selective Service
Systems. This requirement covers both U.S. citizens,
permanent residents, and most other men residing in the U.S.
Students may register with Selective Service by answering a question
on the FAFSA or the student may register on-line at the Selective
Service web site at: www.sss.gov. Students who have questions about the Selective Service registration
requirement may contact the Selective Service at 1-847-688-6888.
Major exceptions to the registration requirement are included on
the Statement of Registration Status. In addition to females or men
who were born before 1960, there are certain other categories who
are exempted from the registration requirement. These include:
males currently in the armed services and on active duty
(does not apply to members of the Reserve and National Guard not
on active duty);
males who are not yet 18 at the time they complete their
FAFSA (an update is not required during the year, even if a
student turns 18 after completing the application);
citizens of the Freely Associated States;
non-citizens who first entered the U.S. after they turned 26 (If a male immigrant can show proof that he first entered the
U.S. when he was past registration age, he is clearly not
required to register and no Selective Service Status Information
Letter is needed. The student's entry documentation is
sufficient to show whether he is exempt from the registration
non-citizens 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.
These are certain less common situations where registration isn't
necessary. If a student wasn't required to register prior to meeting
one of the following criteria and continue to meet one of these for
the entire time through age 25, they are exempted from the
registration requirement. These are:
Students who are unable to
register due to being hospitalized, incarcerated, or
Students who are enrolled in an
officer procurement program at the Citadel, North Georgia
College, Norwich University, or Virginia Military Institute.
Students who are commissioned
officers of the Public Health Service on active duty and members
of the Reserve of the Public Health Service.
Students who are commissioned
officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
If one of these exceptional criteria applies to a student, the
school must document the student's status. If the student is not
clearly exempt from the requirement to register, the student must
document the exemption by providing a Selective Service Status
Selective Service and
Opportunity for Young Men
CONSEQUENCES FOR NOT REGISTERING
maximum penalty for failing to register with Selective Service
is a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Failure to
register will cause ineligibility for a number of federal and
state benefits including:
A man must be registered to
be eligible for jobs in the Executive Branch of the Federal
government and the U.S. Postal Service. This applies only to men
born after December 31, 1959.
STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
Men who are not
registered with Selective Service cannot obtain Federal student
loans or grants. This includes Pell
Grants, College Work-Study, Guaranteed Student/Plus Loans, and National Direct Student Loans.
The U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services -USCIS- (formerly known as INS) makes registration with Selective
Service a condition for U.S. citizenship, if the man first arrived
in the U.S. before his 26th birthday and was required to register.
FEDERAL JOB TRAINING
Investment Act (formerly JTPA) offers important job-training
opportunities. This program is only open to those men who register
with Selective Service.
STATE JOBS, LOANS, AND TRAINING
states have added additional penalties for those who fail to
register with Selective Service.
STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE LEGISLATION
May 16, 2002, 19 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia
have enacted driver's license laws supporting Selective Service
registration. They are Oklahoma, Delaware, Arkansas, Utah, Georgia,
Hawaii, Alabama, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois,
Ohio, South Dakota, Mississippi, Idaho, Virginia, Wisconsin, New
Hampshire, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the