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Social Security Numbers & UTS 165

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to protecting the privacy of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), the disclosure of your Social Security number to the University is generally voluntary and will not be used unless permitted by law. Federal and state law, however, requires the collection of your Social Security number for certain services, such as those relating to employment and financial aid.

The University of Texas at Arlington is working to minimize the use of Social Security numbers within its academic and business processes. Students will no longer be required to disclose their Social Security numbers in the classroom or for most university-related functions. However, the University may collect Social Security numbers for use in a variety of ways, such as:

  • 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.
  • To determine admission eligibility, certify school attendance, and report student status.
  • To identify and track grants, loans, and other financial aid programs.
  • To identify and track employment.

Providing the University with your Social Security number ensures:

  • Timely processing of admission applications.
  • Integrity of student record.
  • Timely responses to requests for information after you graduate.
  • Ability to receive all appropriate tax credit for tuition under the Taxpayers’ Relief Act.
  • Student FICA exemption through Payroll.

To protect the confidentiality of your Social Security number:

  • Do not write your Social Security number on tests, papers, or other class work.
  • Keep in mind that your Social Security number, or any portion thereof, should not be posted or displayed (for example, grade postings).
  • Social Security numbers should not be used as part of an electronic authentication system (for example, logins, passwords, or PINs).
  • For more information on identity theft and protecting your Social Security number, see the Links page.