Social Security Benefits for Students After 18

I have had custody of my granddaughter since she was 7. She has received Social Security benefits from her deceased father until she turned 18. Are there no benefits for her now that she is in college and needs the money the most? We, as grandparents on SS are finding it very hard to help her since her benefits have stopped.

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March 10, 20140 found this helpful

You shouldn't have to help your grandaughter while she is in college. She can get school loans and I know lots of young adults that work full time and go to college full time too. Or else work a couple years before starting college, then go to school for a couple years, then work a couple more years, etc. As far as survivor's benefits go, you should call your local SS Office and talk to them, they are the only ones that have the correct answer.

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March 10, 20140 found this helpful

By the way, why isn't your grandaughter's mother supporting her?

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March 12, 20140 found this helpful

I was a widow with a child and we collected on my husband [her father's] Social Security for years - as long as the child is in school she is to receive her father's social security. Perhaps 'you' should call the Social Security office in your state and ask them IF she is still entitled, then ask them if they will replace all of her missed checks retroactively from the time they stopped her check until now because of her being over 18 BUT still in school?

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I know they [SS] can be a blessing... good luck to you on this.

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