This profile section collects information about your citizenship status and birthplace. Citizenship is an important factor in federal financial aid eligibility, and is required by Coalition colleges. If you are not a citizen, you may still be eligible for federal financial aid if you are a U.S. permanent resident or are granted refugee status by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.
U.S. Citizen or U.S. National – Select whether you are a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. A U.S. Citizen is someone who was born or naturalized in the United States. A U.S. National includes natives of American Samoa or Swains Island. If you answered ‘yes’ to this question, a second area will be displayed in which you can indicate whether you are a U.S. Dual Citizen and for which countries.
Are you a U.S. Permanent Resident or Refugee? If you are not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National, you have a chance to answer an optional question about whether you are a U.S. Permanent Resident or Refugee.
A U.S. Permanent Resident has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis, and holds a green card (Form I-551, I-151 or I-551C) as proof. A Refugee has been issued an Arrival and Departure Record (I-94) by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.
Birthplace – choose your country of birth from the drop-down list. This information is important so that the colleges to which you apply know more about you and your background.