Male Students Must Register with Selective Services to be Eligible for Financial Aid
Male students must register with Selective Service before turning age 26 to be eligible for Federal student loan and grant programs, including Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, and Stafford Loans. (Parents who want to borrow a PLUS loan do not have to satisfy the registration requirement.) Many states have also made Selective Service registration a prerequisite for state financial aid and enrollment at public colleges and universities. Eight states (Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming) have no such requirements.
In 1980, men who knew they were required to register and did not could face jail time or a significant fine if convicted. As an alternative method of encouraging registration, federal legislators passed laws requiring that to receive financial aid, federal grants and loans, and certain government benefits, and eligibility for most federal employment, a young man had to be registered (or had to have been registered if they are over 26 but were required to register between 18 and 26) with the Selective Service. Those who were required to register, but failed to do so before they turn 26, are no longer allowed to register, and thus may be permanently barred from federal jobs and other benefits. There are a few options for regaining eligibility, and they depend on showing that either the student was not required to register, or that the failure to register was not knowing and willful.
You may not agree with this requirement, but you must register. Non-compliance will have a severely negative outcome on your ability to qualify for financial aid and pursue an education.
If you are at least 18 years old and have not yet reached your 26th birthday, you can register by checking the appropriate box on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). [If you are not yet 18, your data will not be transmitted to Selective Service and you will not be registered.] You can also register online at the Selective Service website.
Any further questions or concerns about registration can be addressed by Advanced College Solutions, Inc.