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Student Center - Social Security Number

An overview and step-by-step guide to checking if you have a Social Security Number on file, adding or opting to not provide your SSN.


Overview:

See the following webpage to learn about 1098T forms and why the University would like to have your Social Security Number on file: https://bursar.wisc.edu/tax



Checking if your SSN is on record: Step-by-Step

1. Login to MyUW.
2. A pop-up message will appear informing you an SSN is missing or invalid. Click OK to close the message. It will continue to appear until you enter or decline to enter an SSN.

Enter SSN popup message

OR
1. Login to MyUW.
2. Click on the Student Center tile, then the Profile tile.

Student center tile   Profile tile

3. From the menu on the left, select Social Security Number.
4. Are you being prompted to enter an SSN? That means the number is missing or invalid. See information below to either enter or decline to enter an SSN.

Social Security Number screen

5. If your SSN is already on your record, you will be informed the number is recorded and valid.

SSN is entered and valid

For security reasons, you will not be able to review the number on file. To review or edit the number, please stop by the Office of the Registrar with your Social Security Card and a photo ID.


Enter your SSN: Step-by-Step

1. Login to MyUW.
2. Click on the Student Center tile, then the Profile tile.

Student center tile   Profile tile

3. From the menu on the left, select Social Security Number.

4. Enter in your Social Security Number in the Social Security Number and Retype Social Security Number fields. Click Save.

Enter and retype your SSN

5. You will be taken to a page confirming that you have entered your Social Security Number.

Confirmation page

When visiting the SSN tab in the future, you will be informed the number is recorded and valid.

SSN is entered and valid

For security reasons, you will not be able to review the number on file. To review or edit the number, please stop by the Office of the Registrar with your Social Security Card and a photo ID.

Note: It may take up to one day for MyUW to recognize that you have entered an SSN, which means the pop-up message may still appear in MyUW for up to one day after you've entered or declined to enter an SSN.


Enter your SSN: Error Messages

"The format of the Social Security Number must be nine digits (no dashes). Format: #########"
You have incorrectly entered your SSN, try re-entering it without using special characters.

"The Social Security Number you entered already exists. Please enter a valid Social Security Number"
Confirm that you are entering the correct SSN in both fields. Otherwise, contact the Office of the Registrar at (608) 262-3811 .

"SSN does not match. The Social Security Number you entered does not match the Reentered Social Security Number"
The SSNs you entered in both fields do not match. Try re-entering them.

"You must enter your Social Security Number twice before saving"
You need to enter your SSN in both fields.

"You cannot provide a Social Security Number and choose to opt out at the same time. Please either:
1) Remove the Social Security Number values from both fields
OR
2) Uncheck the check box and enter a Social Security Number in both fields"

You have entered your SSN in both fields and checked the box to opt out of entering your SSN. Choose to either enter your SSN or not do so.


Declining to enter your Social Security Number: Step-by-Step

1. Login to MyUW.
2. Click on the Student Center tile, then the Profile tile.

Student center tile   Profile tile

3. From the menu on the left, select Social Security Number.
Check the "I do not wish to provide my Social Security Number" box. Click Save.

I do not wish to provide my SSN

4. Click the "I do not wish to provide my Social Security Number" radio button.

Select the appropriate radio button

5. You will be taken to a page confirming that you have successfully declined to provide your Social Security Number.

Successfully declined to provide your SSN

When visiting the SSN tab in the future, you will be informed you have opted to not provide a SSN.

Previously opted to not provide SSN

If at any time you would like to add your SSN, please stop by the Office of the Registrar with your Social Security Card and a photo ID.

Note: It may take up to one day for MyUW to recognize that you have entered an SSN, which means the pop-up message may still appear in MyUW for up to one day after you've entered or declined to enter an SSN.



Keywords:myuw student center profile ssn social security number error add enter entering decline declining verify   Doc ID:12359
Owner:Dana S.Group:Office of the Registrar
Created:2009-10-04 18:00 CSTUpdated:2019-09-24 10:00 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, My UW-Madison Portal, Office of the Registrar
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