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U.S. Citizen Status Policy

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A student has to be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible noncitizen in order to receive federal and state student aid.

All financial aid applicants are matched with the *Social Security Administration's (SSA) records to verify name, date of birth, social security number, and U.S. Citizenship status. In some cases, when U. S. Citizenship cannot be confirmed, the Office of Financial Aid will require documentation of U.S. citizenship from the student.


  • U.S. passport, current or expired
  • Certificate of Naturalization

As part of the College's verification procedures, the Office of Financial Aid requires selected students to present, in person, original documents of U.S. citizenship status. Financial aid cannot be processed until a student visits the Office of Financial Aid and provides original citizenship documentation for review. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS.

Students who are unable to come in person to the Office of Financial Aid are required to visit Social Security to update their citizenship status with SSA's records.

Eligible noncitizens must also present, in person, documentation of eligible noncitizen status. Once reviewed, the Office of Financial Aid may be required to initiate a mandatory secondary confirmation process with the Department of Homeland Security  for those students whose eligible noncitizenship status cannot be confirmed through Federal Student Aid's automated matching process.

 *The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does not update social security records for new U.S. citizens. Therefore, all naturalized U.S. citizens are required to update their Social Security record. It is important that your social security record is accurate and this includes your correct citizenship status.