Selective Service registration is the process by which the U.S. Government collects names and addresses of men age 18 through 25 to use in case of a national emergency. Male U.S. citizens are required to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Once men reach their 26th birthday, they can no longer register. Failure to register may cause men to permanently lose eligibility for student federal financial aid, government employment, job training, and U.S. citizenship for male immigrants.
Those required to register with Selective Service are:
The Financial Aid Office will ask for documentation when information provided on the student’s FAFSA indicates the student did not register for the Selective Service. This is a federally required item that we must resolve before disbursing federal aid.
Those who are exempt from Selective Service registration are:
You may be required to provide documentation of exemption from Selective Service registration. Documents you may be asked to provide are:
Male students not otherwise exempt will be denied financial aid if they failed to register with the Selective Service before their 26h birthday. The Selective Service will register only males ages 18 to 25, leaving older students with no way to remedy their situation if they failed to register. However, the student may still be eligible to appeal the Financial Aid Office and receive aid if he appeals and can demonstrate that he did not knowingly and willfully fail to register.
In order to appeal, the student should obtain a status letter from Selective Service in one of these ways: visit the website www.sss.gov OR call 847-688-6888 OR write to: Selective Service System, PO Box 94638, Palatine, IL 60094-4638. Submit status letter to the Financial Aid Office for review. Your situation will need to be reviewed to determine if additional documentation is required.
If the status letter from Selective Service states that you WERE NOT required to register, we do not need further documentation.
If the status letter from Selective Service states that you WERE required to register, the student will need to also submit a detailed letter explaining the reason for the failure to register. The student letter should include the following information in the letter:
If requested from the Financial Aid Office, you must be able to provide additional documentation supporting the information provided in your letter.