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FAFSA - Selective Service Yes or No?

luckybobluckybob Posts: 75Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2009 in Financial Aid & Scholarships
I am 17 right now but I will be 18 in February. Do I have to say Yes to selective service? Do all males have to be part of it regardless of FAFSA? I am very confused about this and I would rather not be part of it unless I have to.
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Replies to: FAFSA - Selective Service Yes or No?

  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Well......you don't have to file FAFSA that is elective. As to the registering with selective service? That is NOT elective. You can choose not to and you can choose not to be an American Citizen also.
  • scottaascottaa Posts: 1,037Registered User Senior Member
    Selective service registration is required by law for every male turning 18. Answer "yes" and FAFSA will automatically register you come your 18th birthday. If you do not answer "yes" you will likely hold up you app until they have a chance to clarify the question and ultimately disqualify yourself from any federal funds.
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    One can choose to forego registering, forego FA and forego your freedom. It is an option.
  • scottaascottaa Posts: 1,037Registered User Senior Member
    Hazmat-

    The kid's 17. Growing up in the society we have today, I'm not surprised he hasn't figured that out yet. Cut him a little slack.
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    So he should have just had US Government.......maybe they skipped the whole issue of civil requirements and selective service registration. OK I will cut him some slack.........as long as he doesn't show up at my school.
  • scottaascottaa Posts: 1,037Registered User Senior Member
    I'm not too certain the civic responsibility is considered a worthy academic study anymore. It's more along the lines of what's wrong with your country and ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you.
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Prep school bias on my part I guess. I thought that all schools in the US had a requirement for US Government. No wonder we have such low voting percentages. Thanks for the explanation.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 21,715Registered User Senior Member
    hazmat:

    my S will take his AP Govt final on Thursday, and I can assure you that Selective Service never came up -- (the teacher would make Howard Dean appear to be a reincarnation of Rush Limbaugh, so discussions regarding the US military were disparaging). Luckybob posted a serious question, IMO.

    btw: civics is Calif HS grad requirement, but it mainly just discusses government, i.e., Congress, the Pres, Cabinet, the Constitution and Amendments, etc., not personal responsibility per se.
  • luckybobluckybob Posts: 75Registered User Junior Member
    I take AP US Gov't and so far it has never come up... I'm not even completely sure what the law specifically is. So I'm getting the feeling that I should click Yes even though I'm 17.
  • kencatkencat Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    my S is 17 and in Florida when you get your license you get registered for the selective service, so he checked No. What a confusing question,maybe he/we didn't do the correct thing?
  • sblake7sblake7 Posts: 1,691Registered User Senior Member
    Check yes-- or your FAFSA will get hung up down the road. We originally checked 'no' for our then 17 year old (because per the instructions, that seems to be the correct option for students under 18 at time of application). The application got put on hold until we changed it to 'yes'.
  • Sage44Sage44 Posts: 118Registered User Junior Member
    kencat ~ I believe you did the right thing. In our state, a male can't get a learner's permit or license unless he authorizes the state to register him when he turns 18. And that's exactly what occurs at the end of the month before he turns 18. So, if the student is between the ages of 18 and 25 and in such a state, NO is the appropriate answer because he is already registered. Just be sure that your son receives his selective service registration confirmation card.
  • AntariusAntarius Posts: 4,592Registered User Senior Member
    Why do u have to put yes if ur 17?
    Im applying for Fall 2006 and Im turning 18 only in late September.....
  • sblake7sblake7 Posts: 1,691Registered User Senior Member
    As I said-- one would think that a 17 year old should check 'no' based on the wording of the instructions. That's what we did. And our FAFSA application got put on hold by the processors, and they told us that it would remain on hold until we revised it to 'yes'. Which we did, and it sailed through.

    So-- you can do as you wish-- or complain that it's not right, or that it doesn't make sense, or that your State has Motor Votor registration. But if you want to get your FAFSA processed in a timely fashion, just check 'yes'.
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Say it again......if you say it enough maybe they will believe you.
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