Are you a U.S. citizen?


This is question 14 on the paper FAFSA.

This question cannot be left blank.

Select the option that indicates your citizenship status.

Select U.S. citizen (or U.S. national) if you are a U.S. citizen or 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 (PR), the U.S. Virgin Islands (VI), Guam (GU), and the Northern Marianna Islands (MP) 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 (AS) are not U.S. citizens but are nationals.

Select Eligible noncitizen if you are not a U.S. citizen (or U.S. national) and you are one of the following:

Select Neither citizen nor eligible noncitizen if you are in the U.S. and have:

If you are neither a citizen nor an eligible noncitizen, you are not eligible for federal student aid. If you have a Social Security Number but are not a citizen or an eligible noncitizen, including if you have been granted DACA, you should still complete the FAFSA because you may be eligible for state or college aid. You should check with your college’s financial aid office to see what kind of financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

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