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I have a conditional green card,is applying for FAFSA have anything to do with my immigration status ?

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Hi,my husband is a USC and i have a conditional green card now, i wanna go to school but i have to apply for both FSFSA financial aid and get a loan from a private bank as well, and i have been told that doing so is going to hurt my immigration status because i shouldn't be a public charge tell i am a USC!! i really don't understand this, could you please clarify that to me ? my husband was my sponsor for my AOS

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One of the most common questions from LPRs is what benefits are considered "a public charge" events for immigration purposes. I always suggest people read the USCIS comment on public charge - .

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Great link, thank you . educational assistance is not a public charge, so how long does the public charge apply? tell i am a USC?

C. C. Abbott

C. C. Abbott


Usually once the alien has 40 quarters of work or naturalizes. The 40 quarters rule is provided in the following 9 FAM 40.41 N3.4-2 Aliens With 40 Quarters of Work Under the Social Security Act (SSA) (CT:VISA-1931; 10-10-2012) a. The requirement for visa petitioners to submit Form I-864: (1) Terminates once the sponsored alien has worked in the U.S. in a job covered under Title II of the Social Security Act (SSA); and (2) Can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of coverage under Title II of the SSA.


FAFSA has no effect on immigration status. Immigration status can affect what financial aid you are eligible for.

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Applying for financial aid does not make you a public charge.

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There is a good explanation of who is eligible to apply for federal student loans on the FASFA website. I would suggest you to make a short appointment with an immigration attorney to discuss your immigration status and student loans.

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