Almost all male U.S. citizens and male aliens living in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.  Registration is required for those seeking certain benefits, such as Federal Student Aid.

Required to Register (Males born after December 31, 1959)

  • US Citizens or US Nationals

  • Permanent Residents

  • Refugees

  • Parolees

  • Asylees

  • Special (Seasonal) Agricultural Workers

  • Undocumented Aliens

Exempt from Registration

  • Females

  • Men born before January 1, 1960

  • Men serving on Active Duty (Note: if discharged before the age of 26, registration is still required)

  • Men enrolled in Military Academies

  • Citizens of Palau, Marshall Islands or Micronesia

  • Lawful Nonimmigrant Males

How To Register

Men may register with Selective Service by doing one of the following:

  • Registering Online at

  • Completing a registration form at any U.S. Post Office

  • Checking “Yes” to item 22 on the FAFSA: the U.S. Department of Education will forward your information to Selective Service

Men under the age of 18, although not required to register, may submit their information up to nine months prior to their 18th birthday.  The Selective Service System will activate registration when you reach age 18.

Proof Of Registration

The Selective Service System sends an acknowledgement card 30-90 days after a man registers.  Please save your acknowledgement in case the school requests proof of registration; although the Department of Education confirms most registrations through a database match, some may not be initially confirmed.

Men Over The Age Of 26

By law, men cannot register with Selective Service after the age of 26.  Such men (born after 1959) generally cannot receive Federal, State or Institutional Aid unless he is exempt from registration:

  • Eligible Non-Citizen who arrived in the  U.S. after age 26: Submit Proof of Age & Arrival Date
    (ex: copy of both sides of the Permanent Resident Card)

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Honorably Discharged: Submit Copy of Discharge Paper (DD214)

  • Waiver granted by Institution (see below)

Appeal For Waiver Of Selective Service Registration

A non-registrant may not be denied any benefit if he can show by a preponderance of evidence that his failure to register was not “knowing and willful”.  To receive aid at Rutgers, such men must do the following:

  • Complete a Request for a Status Information Letter (SIL).  The form can be requested by either calling Selective Service at 1-847-688-6888 or by downloading from  Submit the request—along with supporting documentation—to the Selective Service System

  • Selective Service will then send you the SIL.  Submit a copy of this letter—along with an appeal and supporting documents—to the Office of Financial Aid

Upon reviewing your appeal, OFA will contact you regarding your eligibility (or ineligibility) for financial assistance.  The school’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to Selective Service or the U.S. Department of Education.  (Note: Selective Service registration waivers are valid only at the institution that granted the waiver.)

Additional information regarding the Selective Service System is available from their website:


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