Receiving Social Security Survivor's Benefits

My father passed away when I was in the fourth grade. I'm just now graduating high school and am about to turn 18. I was receiving Social Security, he was also disabled when he died. Can I still receive it for college?

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By Caleb from Chickasha, OK

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February 27, 20140 found this helpful
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You'll have to get proof of paternity through family court to get the father's name on the birth certificate. I'm going through it now even though my son's grandmother called right after his father died and they said to just come in. I don't need anything. Good thing when I got his birth certificate without his father's name, I called and figured out how to get it on there or I'd be waiting longer than I already have to. I have a court date next month then I have to make another SS appointment once I have the proof.

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February 28, 20140 found this helpful
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Hi - only the SS office can answer your question.
Be sure to take yours and your dad's SS numbers, as well as a copy of his death certificate.

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You may not receive the same benefits but you may be able to get some money for college. Be sure to check with your school's counselor for the kinds of help you may be eligible for.

Good luck and please stay in college if you can.

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March 7, 20140 found this helpful

Social Security Disability benefits ends at high school graduation or if still in school - 19 years and 2 months. I have twin step-sons on SSD who graduate this year - that was one of my questions at the Social Security office.

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