Protecting Your Personal Information
Obtaining financial aid for your education requires the exchange of a lot of private information. The University of Akron's Office of Student Financial Aid and Student Employment is implementing changes to the way we allow you to submit your personal information to our office for financial aid purposes in order to keep your information safe.
Do not send unencrypted emails/attachments with personally identifiable information including, but not limited to the following:
- Social Security Number
- UA Student ID Number
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Mother's Maiden Name
Safe ways to send your information/documents to our office include:
- Fax: 330-972-7139 (our fax machine is in an appropriately safeguarded room handled by authorized personnel only)
- Mail: The Office of Student Financial Aid, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-6211
- In-Person delivery: 202 Simmons Hall on the main campus of The University of Akron; 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday (8 am - 4:30 pm mid-May to mid-August).
- Simmons Hall Secure Dropbox: located outside of our office on the 2nd floor of Simmons Hall
We are working with Information Technology Services to incorporate a data upload tool within the secure area of MyAkron. Students will be notified via the email digest when this option is available.
If you feel you must email your information to our office, please be sure to encrypt the email/attachment.
Below are instructions for using WinZip (free). Please note that The University of Akron does not have a relationship with WinZip. The following is reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid's ifap website on FAQs for cybersecurity: