Similar to a US Citizen, as a Legal Permanent Resident you are eligible for FAFSA if you are also a US Permanent Resident also known as a green card holder. With that being said, always make sure that your green card or permanent resident card is renewed as that may cause problems as you apply. If your green card has expired already this doesn’t necessarily mean that your status has expired as well, however you do need to renew it quickly. If your permanent residence status has in fact expired and you can no longer renew it, then you are not eligible for federal aid. Always make sure that your documentation is up to date!

How to pay for school:

  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Private Scholarships
  • Loans (federal and private)

Did you know that after 5 years of being a permanent resident (or 3 years if you are married to a citizen) you can apply for U.S. citizenship? Before beginning any process please consult with an attorney to ensure that you qualify and obtain accurate legal advice pertaining to your case. For trusted legal referrals in Wisconsin please contact nayeli@vdlf.org. Click here for more details on citizenship through naturalization.