What is a CSAC ID

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has taken steps to protect students from identity theft by replacing Social Security Numbers (SSN) with a unique student identification number called the CSAC ID as a means of identifying, tracking and sharing student information for its various financial aid programs. All mailed student correspondence and other communications to students contains this unique student identifier and not the studentís SSN. In addition, CSAC uses strong data encryption to protect the student information that is transmitted electronically between institutions and CSAC.

A studentís CSAC ID number can be found on mailed correspondence as well as through the studentís WebGrants for Students portal. The CSAC ID is nine digits long. Students should notate their CSAC ID in all communication with CSAC via email, telephone, or written document.