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Selective Service Registration

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Selective Service Registration

Almost all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25 years of age, are required to register with Selective Service. within 30 days of their 18th birthdays.

A man is exempt from registering while he is on full-time active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Members of the National Guard and Reserve Forces not on full-time active duty must register. When a man has been released from active duty he must register at that time unless he has reached age 26 or is already registered.  Lawfully admitted nonimmigrant aliens (for example, those on student visas) are not required to register.

For complete information regarding who must register for Selective Service and exemptions, or to register with Selective Services, please visit the U.S. Government Official Selective Services System website, https://www.sss.gov/  

Selective Service Registration and Ohio Residency For-Tuition-Purposes

Ohio Revised Code 3345.32 (http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3345.32) mandates that Ohio students who are required to register with the U.S. Selective Service yet who have not done so are ineligible for state of Ohio tuition subsidy.  Under the law, Ohio institutions of higher learning are required to charge such students the non-resident tuition rate.  If you are considered by UC to be an Ohio resident-for-tuition-purposes, but you are not registered with Selective Services, UC is required by this law to assess the non-resident tuition rate to your student bill.

To continue your Ohio-resident-for-tuition-purposes classification, UC is required to obtain your Selective Service Registration Number.  You may submit your registration number by completing the UC Registrar's Office Online Selective Service Registration Statement.  

If you are already registered, but you do not remember your Selective Service Registration Number, you can obtain it at the official Selective Services website, https://www.sss.gov/

It is the student's responsibility to provide the UC Office of the Registrar with that number.  If you do not provide that that registration number to the Office of the Registrar, UC must assess non-resident tuition fees to your tuition bill.   

Students are expected to make full payment by their appropriate payment due date.  Payment deadlines may not be waived or extended while a student's residency status is under review or while you are waiting to receive your Selective Service Registration Number.

What If I Am 26 or Older But Have Not Registered for Selective Service?

If you are 26 or older, you are no longer required by federal law to register with Selective Service.  But, because you are not registered, under federal law certain penalties are enforced. For example, you will not qualify for federal student loans or grant programs.  Additionally, under Ohio Revised Code 3345.32, you remain ineligible for Ohio residency-for-tuition-purposes.

With respect to the assessment of non-resident surcharges, there is a means of an exemption request open to you.

The official Selective Service System website maintains an information page entitled "Men 26 and Older," https://www.sss.gov/Home/Men-26-and-OLDER

On that "Men 26 and Older" page you will find information for requesting a "Status Information Letter" from Selective Service.  

Depending upon the affirmations made by that Status Information Letter (i.e., whether or not your non-registration with Selective Service was beyond your control), you may be eligible for an exception under the Ohio revised Code 3345.32 so that your Ohio residency for tuition purposes may remain in place rather than converting to “non-resident.”

If you choose to obtain the Status Information Letter from Selective Service, you may submit that document online to the Registrar's Office by completing the UC Registrar's Office Online Selective Service Statement attaching a PDF of the letter to that online statement prior to submission.

You may choose not to obtain the Status Information Letter from Selective Service.  Yet, the absence of that letter may result in the denial of your exception request.

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