Gender Question on the FAFSA

on February 16, 2017

Students should answer the question about their gender (e.g., male or female) based on their gender at birth, even if their gender has subsequently changed. The gender at birth is listed on the student’s birth certificate.


Intersex and transgender students should answer the gender question on the FAFSA based on the gender that was listed on their birth certificate.


The question about a student’s gender is used to trigger the Selective Service registration requirements. If a student was born male, he or she must register with Selective Service between ages 18 and 25 (inclusive) to be eligible for federal and/or state student financial aid.


Transgender students who were born female and who are now male are not required to register with Selective Service, but some will register anyway. This can avoid potential bureaucratic problems and data match conflicts.

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