Continuing Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

My daughter is 16 and wants to get her GED, if she quits school to do this will her survivor benefits be cut off? We live in Mississippi. I thought with survivor benefits they continue to get them no matter what till age 18. I may be wrong.

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By Nickie from Ellisville, MS

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February 26, 20140 found this helpful

First off, why would your daughter want to quit school and get a GED? There is a fee for getting a GED. I think it is a certain amount for each test that they have to take in order to complete the GED. They also have to attend classes to prepare for tests. What does your daughter plan to do with her time while she isn't attending classes.

I have two adult grandaughters that dropped out of school at age 16, but they worked full time after dropping out. The oldest one decided to go back to school by the time she was 18, she went to an alternative school and finished her two years of high school in 1 1/2 years and at graduation she received a signed high school diploma from the school she had originally attended.

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The other grandaughter is still procrastinating about what she wants to do, as far as finishing her education. That being said she just recently was named crew manager at a fast food place where she has worked for some time. As far as survivor's benefits go, I don't know the answer to that. Call your local Social Security Office in order to get the correct answer.

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February 28, 20140 found this helpful

redhatterb is absolutely correct about getting the correct answer from your SS office. That is the only place to get the information you need.

Please encourage your daughter to stay in school and get her diploma as a GED is good but she probably needs that extra time to "grow up" a little more.

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GED's can be obtained in some places for free but you still have to study AND pass the tests. Most places give the study classes free but you are responsible for paying for each test ( a retake if you do not pass).

Money from SS may not be the most important consideration in your case
but these questions may be?
What does she plan to do with her time (and money) if she does quit and can continue receiving his SS money?
What are advantages and disadvantages?

I believe you (she?) will be able to continue to receive the SS checks until she is 18 either way but things change so go to your SS office for correct answers and maybe talk to your daughters school counselor before making a final decision.

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March 7, 20140 found this helpful

It is my understanding that a child must stay in school to receive Social Security Survivor benefits. Please encourage her to do so.

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