Search:
 


stripe
Home

Retrieval Methods

Best Practices

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

stripe

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a GWid?


Protecting the GW community from the risks of identity theft is one of the University's top priorities. As a result, GW began eliminating the use of SSNs, wherever possible, during spring semester 2006. The majority of University offices and departments, including the Office of the Registrar, the GWorld Card Office, and the Gelman Library System, now require the use of GWids, instead of SSNs.


However, SSNs will not be completely eliminated from GW's information systems.
Certain University departments that perform processes such as financial aid, payroll, and tax reporting are still required by law to collect individual SSNs.

A GWid is an alphanumeric value used to identify an individual's records within GW's administrative systems. Your GWid is the letter 'G' followed by an eight-digit number.

Will Social Security numbers be completely eliminated from GW systems?

No.
SSNs will not be completely eliminated from GW's information systems. Certain University departments that perform processes such as financial aid, payroll, and tax reporting are still required by law to collect individual SSNs.


How do I get my GWid?

All GW community members have been assigned individual GWids. You can retrieve your GWid online.

Where do I use my GWid?

The majority of University offices and departments, including the Office of the Registrar, the GWorld Card Office, and the Gelman Library System, now require the use of GWids, instead of SSNs. For more information on where you can use your GWid, visit the Best Practices section of this web site.