SSN Information For Students

The University of Illinois is committed to protecting the privacy of its students, staff, faculty and alumni, as well as other individuals associated with it. In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, that the disclosure of your Social Security number to the University is generally voluntary. Federal and state law, however, requires the collection of your Social Security number for certain services such as those relating to employment and student loans.

Social Security numbers collected by the University may be used in a variety of ways, such as: (1) to identify such student records as applications for admission, registration-related documents, grade reports, transcript and certification requests, medical immunization records, student financial records, financial aid records, and permanent academic records; (2) to determine eligibility, certify school attendance, and report student status; (3) to identify and track grants, loans, and other financial aid programs; and (4) to identify and track employment.

The University of Illinois is working to minimize the use of Social Security numbers within its business processes. The Social Security number will not be disclosed to individuals or agencies outside the University of Illinois except in accordance with University policy and applicable law.

What does this mean for me?

Federal law requires the University collect your SSN in order to

  • provide student employment
  • provide financial aid

In addition, providing the University with your SSN ensures

  • timely processing of admission applications
  • integrity of your student record
  • timely responses to requests for information after you graduate
  • that you will be able to receive all appropriate tax credit for tuition under the Taxpayers´ Relief Act.

To learn more about the i-card and the University Identification Number (UIN), please visit the i-card site.