Although University of Maryland Global Campus assigns each student a distinct ID number (referred to as a student ID or EMPL ID), which is used for most university functions, there are instances for which Social Security Numbers are required.
The university must use SSNs:
For federal financial aid (The federal requirements for financial aid are defined in detail elsewhere)
For processing Veterans Administration benefits
For processing military tuition assistance
To produce a record of tuition payments for federal income tax purposes
To process credit balance refunds through the Maryland Treasurer's Office
To ensure that payments to accounts such as financial aid, credit cards, and tuition assistance are credited to the proper person's account
To identify individuals, with some measure of certainty, so as to differentiate records of students with common last names and to avoid the creation of duplicate records
To provide enrollment records to the National Student Loan Clearinghouse so that UMGC students with federal student loans borrowed at other universities can obtain "in-school deferments while enrolled at UMGC"
For processing University of Maryland tuition remission forms
To retain prospective student transcripts when an alternative student identification number does not exist