Editor's Note: This article, originally published at 8:00 a.m on 1/9/2019, was updated at 4:15 p.m. on 1/9/2019 to reflect new information provided in an Electronic Announcement published mid-day on 1/9/2019.
As reported in Today’s News last week, the partial government shutdown is causing issues for the processing of FAFSAs for award years 2018-19 and 2019-20 that require the Selective Service database match, and has caused multiple institutions to experience a spike of comment code 390 on processed Institutional Student Information Records (ISIR). The Department of Education (ED) has notified NASFAA that it is aware of the issue, and that at the first opportunity after restoration of the database match, which won’t be until after the shutdown ends, ED plans to reprocess all affected ISIRs.
In the interim, until affected ISIRs are reprocessed, if a school has reason to believe that an applicant who was required to register for Selective Service has not done so, the school can check a student’s Selective Service status:
By going to the SSS website at https://www.sss.gov/Registration-Info (this will require the applicant’s last name, Social Security Number and date of birth); or
By requesting the student’s SSS registration card as evidence.
A printout of the web page showing registration or a copy of the SSS registration card is acceptable documentation that the student is registered.
Note that if a school does not have reason to believe that an applicant who was required to register for Selective Service has not done so, the school is not required to document registration through one of these alternative methods before continuing to process and/or disburse Title IV aid, but may choose to do so.
As another option, the school may choose to do nothing, and instead wait until the Selective Service match is conducted to continue aid processing. Schools may make different choices for individual students or groups of students.
Publication Date: 1/9/2019