Pop Quiz - Does Citizenship Need to be Updated?

Question:

When the student initially filled out the FAFSA in February, she was an eligible non-citizen. She has become a citizen and has made other tax updates. Now that she is a citizen as of the date she made other updates, should she change this answer to "citizen"?

Answer:

No. Please see the following from page 1-21 of the 2015-16 FSA Handbook:

"The Department of Education (The Department) matches all applications with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine if the student is a U.S. citizen. If he provides an alien registration number (ARN) on the FAFSA, his record is also sent to DHS to check noncitizen current immigration status. The results of both matches appear on the Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR), and a failed match with either agency will produce a C code on the student’s output document. A student’s citizenship status only needs to be checked once during the award year; if the status is eligible at that time, it remains so for the rest of the award year."

 

Publication Date: 12/18/2015


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