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Why do schools need your social security number?

MITpwnsnoobs69MITpwnsnoobs69 Posts: 303Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2008 in College Admissions
Why do applications ask for your social security number? What do they need it for? I mean i can see if they ask for it on financial aid apps but on the regular application...
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Replies to: Why do schools need your social security number?

  • antsoftheskyantsofthesky Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
    It's to make sure you are who you say you are. Chances are other people other than your immediate family won't know your SSN.
  • MITpwnsnoobs69MITpwnsnoobs69 Posts: 303Registered User Junior Member
    i'm sure they don't go running people's ss numbers through a database to confirm you identity though at least not in the undergrad admission office. right?
  • pFNMCppFNMCp Posts: 793Registered User Member
    Federal law requires you to provide your social security number on your federal forms to be considered for financial aid. Colleges request that you also include your social security number on your application (Page 1). This number is used to verify your identity and retrieve your record. Most institutions require you apply for federal student financial aid before you can be considered for institutional need-based aid.
    From Common App website. I know it's only brief.
  • siliconvalleymomsiliconvalleymom Posts: 3,711Registered User Senior Member
    If you have a name that is at all common, it benefits you to make sure that your data does not get mixed up with someone else's.
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