Give form to the
requester. Do not
send to the IRS.
Request for Student’s or Borrower’s Taxpayer
Identification Number and Certification
(Rev. March 2008)
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Name of student or borrower (see instructions)
City, state, and ZIP code
Print or type
Student or Borrower Identification (All must complete.)
Student Loan Certification (Complete for student loans only.)
I certify that all of the loan proceeds are solely to pay for qualified higher education expenses.
Signature of borrower
Form W-9S (Rev. 3-2008)
Address (number, street, and apt. or suite no.)
Cat. No. 25240C
Taxpayer identification number
Purpose of form. An eligible educational institution, such as
a college or university, or a lender of a student loan must get
your correct identifying number to file certain information
returns with the IRS and to furnish a statement to you. For
students, this will be your social security number (SSN) or, if
you are not eligible to obtain an SSN, your individual
taxpayer identification number (ITIN). The returns they must
file contain information about qualified tuition and related
expenses (Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement) and student loan
interest (Form 1098-E, Student Loan Interest Statement). The
information about your tuition will help to determine whether
you, or the person who can claim you as a dependent, may
take either the tuition and fees deduction or claim an
education credit to reduce federal income tax. The
information about your student loan interest will help to
determine your deduction for such interest. For more
information, see Pub. 970, Tax Benefits for Education.
Use Form W-9S to give your correct SSN or ITIN to the
person requesting it and, if applicable, to certify that the
proceeds of a loan are being used, or will be used, solely to
pay for qualified higher education expenses (defined on page
2). You are required to provide the requested information.
Note. The educational institution or lender may request your
SSN or ITIN and certification on paper or electronically.
Part I. Student or Borrower Identification
Name and address. Enter the name and mailing address of
the student if the request for the student’s SSN or ITIN is
being made because of tuition payments. Enter the name
Taxpayer’s identifying number. Enter your SSN or ITIN. If
you do not have an SSN or ITIN and you have applied for
one or you intend to apply for one soon, write “Applied For”
in the space provided.
How to get an SSN or ITIN. To apply for an SSN, use Form
SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, that you can get
from your local Social Security Administration office or get
this form online at www.ssa.gov/online. You may also get this
form by calling 1-800-772-1213.
Part II. Student Loan Certification
Requester Information (Optional)
Requester’s name and address
Tuition account number
Loan account number
Note. If you pay tuition to and have a student loan from the
same educational institution and the student is not the loan
borrower (for example, the borrower is the student’s parent),
complete two Forms W-9S, one for the student and one for
the loan borrower.
If your loan is a student loan incurred solely to pay for
qualified higher education expenses, sign the certification in
Part II. If you do not sign the certification, the lender may not
issue or file Form 1098-E for student loan interest on your
behalf. Do not sign the certification for a mixed use loan
because such a loan is not used solely for qualified higher
education expenses. However, you may sign the certification
for a revolving line of credit or similar loan if you use the line
of credit solely to pay for qualified higher education
You must complete this part.
For Privacy Act Notice, see page 2.
and mailing address of the borrower if the request for the
borrower’s SSN or ITIN is being made because of a student
To apply for an ITIN because you are not eligible to get an
SSN, use Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer
Identification Number, that you can get from the IRS website
at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM