Men born from March 29, 1957, through December 31,
1959, were not required to register with Selective
Service because the registration program was suspended when
they would have reached age 18. The requirement to register
with Selective Service was reinstated in 1980, but only for
men born January 1, 1960, or later.
born between these dates will not have a Selective Service
number; however these men are still eligible for all the benefits
and programs linked to the registration requirement.
Information Letters Not Required
Information Letters are not required of men born before
1960 who are applying for federal student loans or grant
programs (includes Pell Grants, College Work Study, Guaranteed
Student/Plus Loans, and National Direct Student Loans),
federal job training, and federal jobs, including the U.S.
Immigrants born before 1960 who are seeking U.S. citizenship
may be asked by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
to provide a status information letter from Selective Service.
Message for Financial Aid Officers and Registrars
applicants born before 1960:
applying for financial aid who were born before 1960 are NOT
required to obtain a Status Information Letter from the
Selective Service System. Under federal law [34 CFR
668.37(a)(2)(i)], a male student does not have to register with
Selective Service to be eligible to receive title IV, HEA
program funds if he was born before January 1, 1960. Therefore,
a letter from Selective Service is NOT required for students
born before 1960 because federal law clearly exempts them from
the registration requirement.
note that the Student Financial Aid Handbook, Volume 1, Chapter
5, states, “Unless you can document that the student meets one
of the allowable exemptions regarding registration …, the
student must write Selective Service to get a Status Information
Letter addressing his failure to register.” For the student born
before 1960, the required documentation is provided in 34 CFR
668.37(a)(2)(i), and in the Student Financial Aid Handbook. Both
the Code of Federal Regulations and the handbook document the
fact that students born before 1960 are exempted from the
registration requirement. Hence, no additional documentation
from Selective Service is needed.
Financial Aid Handbook states, “…noncitizens
who first enter the U.S. after the age of 26 aren’t required to
register. Only those immigrant men who enter and live in the
U.S. at ages 18 through 25 are required to be registered. If a
male immigrant can show proof that he first entered the U.S.
when he was past registration age, he is clearly not required to
be registered, and no Status Information Letter is needed. The
student’s entry documentation is enough to show whether he was
required to register.”
your Student Financial Aid Handbook, Volume 1, Chapter 5, on
Workforce Investment Act (WIA), formerly called the Job Training
Partnership Act – JTPA, offers programs that can train
young men for jobs in auto mechanics and other skills. This
program is only open to those men who register with Selective
Service. Only men born after December 31, 1959, are required
to show proof of registration.
man must be registered to be eligible for jobs in the Executive
Branch of the Federal government and the U.S. Postal Service.
Proof of registration is required only for men born after
December 31, 1959.
YOUR ORIGINAL STATUS INFORMATION LETTER IN A SAFE PLACE FOR
FUTURE USE - Once a man receives a Status Information
Letter, it is good for life. There are no regulations requiring
an institution, WIA program, or federal employment to re-evaluate
waivers every year. Men should keep their original Status
Information Letter in a safe place for future reference and
supply a copy of this letter when applying for student loans,
job training, or a federal job.