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Question for the Money Doctors

Question submitted on Oct 15, 2013.

Question

Is my 22 year old eligible for any survivor benefits if she is in college? Her dad has passed away

Answer

This is a good question that hits home for me personally. My father died when I was in college. Under the Reagan Administration, the Social Security benefits were changed from up and through college to up and through high school, age 19 at the oldest. So, a girl I attended school with, whose dad died the year before me had that benefit, and I did not.

So, regretfully, your 22 year old is not eligible for benefits unless she is disabled.

There is a more complete social security guidebook at ssa.gov.


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