What are my options?
June 1, 2010 9:13 AM Subscribe
Never signed up for selective service but need FAFSA for grad school. What now?
posted by anonymous to law & government (10 answers total)
I am a US citizen, male, 23 years old. I did not sign up for selective service when I turned eighteen because I had (and have) moral objections to it. When I applied to college, I was in the lucky position, due to my parents, of not being eligible for FAFSA, so this was not previously an issue. Now I am looking at graduate schools and will, probably, not be able to afford it without federal financial aid. Even though I object to the selective service, I'm more pragmatic now and will do what I need to in order to get funding.
So where do I go from here? Can I just sign myself up on the SS website and voila? I just pretend there was an oversight on my part, and nothing bad will happen? I vaguely understand from my research that if you haven't signed up by age 26, you're screwed and will never be able to get any of the SS-associated benefits, but before 26 you're fine and all is forgiven-- is this correct?