A Social Security Number (SSN) is a unique, 9-digit number used for taxpayer identification, income reporting, and record-keeping purposes. Once issued, the number is valid for a lifetime. You should keep it safe and provide only as needed to US government agencies or credible financial institutions.
Only scholars receiving funds from NYU must apply for a SSN.
Bring these documents to a Social Security Card Center:
Please use the Social Security Office Locator and enter your zip (postal) code to find the center closest to where you live.
It’s important that you protect your SSN and protect yourself against identity theft. If you lost your SSN card you will need to reapply for a new one, following the instructions above.
Since services and fees vary from bank to bank, you should research different banks to find one that best suits your needs. Banks are typically open during business hours during the week, and many offer weekend or extended hours. Before opening an account, be sure to look at a map of the bank’s ATM and branch locations. A bank with locations in the areas you plan to frequent will be the most convenient.
You do not need a Social Security Number to open a bank account, but you will need to bring these documents:
J-2 dependents can also open bank accounts, and will need to present the same documents listed above.