If you are receiving a US-sourced scholarship or fellowship and are not eligible for a social security number (SSN), you should make an appointment with the tax advisor to apply for an individual tax identification number (ITIN). An ITIN is needed to help facilitate the payment of scholarships or fellowships and will allow Payroll Services to stop deducting taxes from students’ fellowships or scholarships who qualify for a tax treaty. An ITIN is also necessary to file taxes in the spring if you are not eligible for a SSN.
Information about how to apply for an ITIN can be found on our SSN & ITIN section of the ISSS website. Please bring all of the documents listed on the website to your ITIN appointment and be sure to have the forms filled out to the best of your ability. The tax advisor will review all of your application materials, provide you with a letter from the International Office and tell you where to go to have your passport verified in-person to submit with your ITIN application.
If you receive a US-sourced scholarship or fellowship, you are required to file taxes and should apply for an ITIN by April at the latest. You are encouraged to apply for your ITIN this fall for the fasted processing time.