Social Security Survivor Benefits for College Students?

My daughter is 19 now, her dad passed away when she was 17 and she got benefits for a year and a half. She was told when she turned 19 or graduated from high school she would not be eligible anymore. Are there any benefits she can apply for since she is going to college now?


By Angie

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October 20, 20130 found this helpful

Talk to your local Social Security Office. That being said I know lots of students that work full time and go to school full time. If your family is low enough income there is also grants and there is always school loans.

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October 23, 20130 found this helpful

Visit your Social Security office (better than phone) because the age limit has been changed. Be prepared with all documents or you may have to make a second trip.

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March 26, 20140 found this helpful

Benefits used to be extended for children who went to college (this was done in the Kennedy/Johnson administration). However, that was nixed under the Reagan Administration and all benefits end at 18, whether you go to college or not.


Guess they expect 18 year olds to be fully self-supporting by then or have a rich family.

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