Social Security Numbers are primarily intended to identify participants in the federal government’s Social Security program, which provides retirement and disability benefits to workers and their families. However, they are now widely used for administrative and identification purposes. ALL persons seeking employment, of any kind, including assistantships must obtain a social security number before payment can be received. Having a social security number makes it easier for you to open a bank account, obtain a credit card, purchase an automobile, or get insurance.
However, you can apply for a Social Security number only if you have decided to work and have applied for a job on-campus. Once you have applied for a job and gotten a contract from the department you will be working for, the Human Resources office will provide you with a Social Security application and a letter of recommendation.
Once you have the application and the letter, you are responsible for finding your own transportation to the Social Security Office.