Register for Selective Service:
Most male students must be registered with Selective Service to receive federal student aid. You also must register if you are a male and are not currently on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. If you are a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Republic of Palau, you are exempt from registering. You can call Selective Service toll-free at 1-888-655-1825 for general information about registering, or register online at www.sss.gov or via the FAFSA.
Keep your tax and income forms handy:
Know where to find your tax forms and W-2 forms in case you are selected for verification. Verification is a process where you would be selected by the federal government to support information that you have included on your FAFSA.
Make sure that your official documents have the correct name(s):
Many aid notifications are held up because the federal government or the school are not able to match the federal and school records.
Be sure that:
- Your social security card correctly displays your official name (first, middle, and last).
- When applying to school or completing federal logins or forms, this name must exactly match what is on your social security card.
- Use your social security number on your Penn State application and make sure that it has been entered correctly. This is required for us to award federal financial aid.