Per federal regulations, prior to posting federal funds, some students may be required to submit a copy of their original citizenship document to the Office of Financial Aid.
U.S. Citizen Acceptable Documentation
- Copy of student’s birth certificate showing U.S. birthplace
- Copy of U.S. passport, current or expired, except limited passports (which are typically issued for short periods, such as a year, and which don’t receive as much scrutiny as a regular passport when applying)
- Copy of U.S. passport card
- Certificate of Citizenship, which is issued by Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to individuals who derive U.S. citizenship through a parent
- Certificate of Naturalization, which is issued by USCIS (or, prior to 1991, a federal or state court) or through administrative naturalization after December 1990 to those who are individually naturalized
- Certification of Birth Abroad, form FS-545, DS-1350 or FS-240, “Reported of Birth Abroad including an embossed seal indicating “United States of America” and “State Department”
- Unexpired Permanent Resident Card or Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)
- Foreign passport including a Machine Readable Immigrant Visa (MRIV). The MRIV must appear in the holder’s unexpired passport and must be endorsed with an admission stamp and the statement “Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year”
- I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, which must be stamped “Processed for I-551” with expiration date or “Temporary Form I-551 with appropriate information filled in
- U.S. Travel Document, containing the Reentry Permit, Form I-327 and the Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
Non-U.S. Citizens Qualify for Federal Student Aid
An eligible noncitizen is someone who qualifies for federal student aid, but is not a citizen of the United States. These students must meet some specific criteria. Eligible noncitizens complete the FAFSA just like citizens of the U.S.
To qualify as an eligible noncitizen, you must be a: permanent resident with a “green card,” also known as a Permanent Resident Card. Before you apply, make sure your status has not expired and renew if you need to.
See more information regarding Non-U.S. citizens.