Student’s Citizenship Status


This is question 14 on the FAFSA.

This field indicates the student's citizenship status.

U.S. citizen (or U.S. national) indicates the student is either a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national. A person is a United States citizen by birth or by naturalization. Persons (except for the children of foreign diplomatic staff) who are born in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and, in most cases, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands are U.S. citizens, as are most persons born abroad to parents (or a parent) who are citizens. All U.S. citizens are considered to be U.S. nationals, but not all nationals are citizens: natives of American Samoa and Swain’s Island are not U.S. citizens but are nationals and therefore may receive federal student aid funds.

Eligible noncitizen indicates the student is not a U.S. citizen (or U.S. national) and is one of the following:

Neither citizen nor eligible noncitizen indicates the student is in the U.S. and has:

The response cannot be blank.

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