Social security number questions

To protect your privacy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will assign you a student ID (SID) number that is different from your social security number (SSN). Your SID, rather than your SSN, will be used to identify your educational records. Your SSN will not be recorded on transcripts.

However, UAF is required to obtain your SSN for federal financial aid and tax reporting purposes. Privacy Act Notice--Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code requires you to give your correct SSN to persons who must file information returns with the IRS to report certain information. The IRS uses the numbers for identification purposes and to determine who qualifies for an educational tax credit. For more information please refer to IRS code 6050S.

To use the secure, online admissions application your SSN is required. (This will assist us in avoiding duplication of student records.) If you do not wish to provide your SSN using the web application, you may download, complete and mail in an undergraduate student application (PDF) or a graduate student application (PDF).

UAF undergraduates Ashleigh Strange, left, Katie Griffin and Mari Freitag let their emotions take over moments after completing the traditional watermelon drop from the roof of the Gruening Building. The tradition on the Fairbanks campus officially marks the beginning of the SpringFest weekend.

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