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What are affiliations, classes, and entitlements?

A UT EID is designated by its affiliations, class, and entitlements to define the EID holder's relationship to the university and associated privileges.


An affiliation specifies a person's relationship (or relationships) to the university in very broad terms. At any point in time, an individual may have no defined relationship, one defined relationship, or many defined relationships with the university. A list of valid affiliations is shown in the table below.

Class Affiliations

Prospective Student

Prospective Faculty

No UT Affiliation


Future Student

Future Faculty

Future Staff

Future Employee

Former Student

Former Faculty

Former Staff

Former Employee



University Affiliate

University Extension Participant

Library Patron

Donor/Friend of the University/VIP


Current Student

Current Faculty

Current Staff

Current Employee

Official Visitor


A class is a way to group affiliations into sets that have similar characteristics. There are three EID classes—Guest, Affiliate, and Member. An EID can belong to only one EID class. This is determined based on the EID’s affiliations.

Individuals can move from class to class during their time with the university, and may have multiple affiliations as well. For example, when an individual applies, they are considered to be a prospective student in the guest class. If they are accepted to the university, they become a future student in the affiliate class, and once they register for classes, they become a current student in the member class. When a person graduates, they move back to the affiliate class and have a graduate/alumni affiliation.


A UT EID can also have entitlements, or privileges, attached to it. For example, upgrading your UT EID means that you have added the Identity Proofed (IDP) entitlement by showing the University of Texas physical proof of your identity (such as a driver's license or passport), and that you have added the Legal Signature (SIG) entitlement by signing a form giving your EID legal signature authority.