Studying and working are two different things. You don't need DHS work authorization to apply for college. Please see
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
Carl is right as often. Studying and working are two different things. Very different indeed. You need no permission to apply for college. In fact, I am not sure you even need a SS number.
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Your social security number is yours to use as any SSN with the limitation that you need to present proof of the ability to work legally with it to an employer. Study away.
The college likely does not require you to provide your social security card, just the number. Whether the card provides for work authorization has no effect on studying. Whether you can study depends on the conditions of your current visa and status.
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The USCIS requires foreigners to be in lawful visa status to attend University. 'Don't' represent yourself as a U. S. Citizen to get student loans!
If you and your friends have DACA, then you can 'lawfully attend' University. If not, then the University may insist that you have aU. S. Citizenship, n F1 Student visa, greencard, asylee status, or work authorization.
The University may overlook this requirement, which is a violation of Federal law to your advantage. If the University or the State where you live offers a program for undocumented residents of your State, then look into that program as soon as possible. Good luck.
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You may attend school, but you may not work, which probably means that you cannot take any work-study positions. To be sure, speak to the financial aid office at the college you apply to.
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