One issue I ran into quite a bit this semester was male students who were never registered for Selective Service. When males turn 18 they receive a letter/postcard from the Selective Service asking them to register. If the man does not complete the registration he MUST complete it before the age of 26. This can be done anytime by visiting www.ss.gov and completing the online application process.
If a student is over the age of 26 he will be required to request a status letter from Selective Service (it can take up to 90 days to receive this letter so oftentimes deadlines are missed because the request cannot be fulfilled in time).
Male students who have not registered with Selective Service are not eligible for financial aid!
However, FEAR NOT! One of the questions on the FAFSA (financial aid application) is whether or not the student is registered and, if not, there is an option to select "register me" at that time.
This, among other reasons, is why I ask students to be very careful when completing their online application for Financial Aid.
If there are ever any questions please contact your Transition Specialist (that's ME!) at (910) 362-7677 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the Financial Aid office in the new Union Station building as well.
Thanks for reading! I hope everyone is having a great semester so far!
Leigh R. Brazel