To complete a FAFSA – FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID, you must:
Be a U.S. CITIZEN or U.S. NATIONAL
You are a U.S. citizen if you were born in the United States or certain U.S. territories, if you were born abroad to parents who are U.S. citizens, or if you have obtained citizenship status through naturalization. If you were born in American Samoa or Swains Island, then you are a U.S. national.
Have a GREEN CARD
You are eligible if you have a Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C, also known as a green card, showing you are a U.S. permanent resident
Have an ARRIVAL-DEPARTURE RECORD
Your Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must show one of the following:
- Asylum Granted
- Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Status Pending)
- Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
Have BATTERED IMMIGRANT STATUS
You are designated as a “battered immigrant-qualified alien” if you are a victim of abuse by your citizen or permanent resident spouse, or you are the child of a person designated as such under the Violence Against Women Act.
Have a T-VISA
You are eligible if you have a T-visa or a parent with a T-1 visa.