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Request for Citizenship Documentation

Per Federal Regulations, prior to the awarding of Federal Financial Aid, the student may be required to submit a copy of their original citizenship document to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) may indicate you must submit proof of your citizenship status to the financial aid office at your school. In order to expedite the processing of your financial aid, please upload a copy (front and back) of your citizenship documentation. Per Federal Regulations governing the awarding of Federal Financial Aid, it is permissible to make a copy of your citizenship documentation for this purpose.

  • U.S. Citizen
    • Copy of student’s birth certificate showing U.S. birthplace
    • Copy of U.S. passport, current or expired, except limited passports (which are typically issued for short periods, such as a year, and which don’t receive as much scrutiny as a regular passport when applying)
    • Copy of U.S. passport card
  • U.S. Naturalized Citizen
    • Copy of student’s birth certificate showing U.S. birthplace
    • Copy of U.S. passport, current or expired, except limited passports (which are typically issued for short periods, such as a year, and which don’t receive as much scrutiny as a regular passport when applying)
    • Copy of U.S. passport card
    • Certificate of Citizenship is issued by USCIS to individuals who derive U.S. citizenship through a parent.
    • Certificate of Naturalization issued by USCIS (or, prior to 1991, a federal or state court), or through administrative naturalization after December 1990 to those who are individually naturalized.
    • Certification of Birth Abroad, Form FS-545, DS-1350, or FS-240, Report of Birth Abroad including an embossed seal indicating United States of America and State Department
  • U.S. Permanent Resident
    • Unexpired Permanent Resident Card or Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)
    • Foreign passport including a Machine Readable Immigrant Visa (MRIV). The MRIV must appear in the holder's unexpired passport and must be endorsed with an admission stamp and the statement Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year
    • I-94 Arrival-Departure Record must be stamped Processed for I-551 with expiration date or Temporary Form I-551 with appropriate information filled in.
    • Form CBP I-94A, computer-generated form replaces, in many instances, but not all, the Form I-94 that was completed manually. The form must be annotated with a designated field office with jurisdiction over the port of entry, the three-letter code located under the word ADMITTED indicating the port of entry and the stamp'’';s unique four-digit number
    • United States Travel Document, containing the Reentry Permit, Form I-327, and the Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • Other Eligible Noncitizens
    • Refugees. I-94 or I-94A with a stamp showing admission under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. May also have a Refugee Travel Document (I-571).
    • Persons granted asylum. I-94 or I-94A with a stamp showing admission under Section 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
      • Both Refugees and Persons granted asylum may apply for permanent residence status. During this time, their I-94 will be endorsed with 209a (or 209b) pending.
    • Parolee. Documentation from DHS must be stamped indicating student has been paroled for at least one year with an unexpired date and state they are not in the US for temporary purposes and they intend to become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Document Types
    • I-94 Visas endorsed with F-1, F2, M-1, NATO, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2, J-1, J-2, H series, L series, G series or Temporary Protected Status
    • Family Unity Program (I-817)
    • Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464)
    • Social Security Card
    • Driver’s License
    • Employment Authorization Card (I-688A or B or I-766)
    • Citizenship application forms/letters
  • Immigration Student Rights
    The school must allow at least 30 days from the time you receive the notice to provide documentation of immigration status. During this period and until the results of the secondary confirmation are received, the school cannot deny, reduce, or terminate aid to the student. If the documentation supports the student’s status as an eligible noncitizen, and if at least 15 business days passed since the date on which the documentation was submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the school can disburse aid to an otherwise eligible student pending the USCIS response.
  • How to Replace Your Documents
    Requests for replacement documents should be made to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) District Office that issued the original documents. You will be asked to complete a Form I-90, Application to Replace Alien Registration Card or a Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document. These forms can be downloaded from the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov. A temporary I-94 may be issued while the replacement documents are pending. If you are not sure which district office issued the original documents, you can submit the request to the field office nearest to your place of residence.
  • Citizenship Affidavit for COVID-19

    Financial Aid True Document Affidavit

    Students required to submit Citizenship documentation may do so by completing the Financial Aid True Affidavit Document. The completed form must be submitted along with a signed copy of the citizenship documentation (front and back) as well as a copy of a valid Driver's license or State photo identification (front and back). The form along with documentation can be submitted via the Document Upload link or in-person at One-Stop Student Services.

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