Look at the SS website and you will see that the benefits do not apply to a 19 year old in college. Here is link. http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/185/~/requirements-for-survivor-benefits
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I agree with Mr. Dugan. The child can collect survivor's benefits up to age 19 if they are in school below College level. Once they turn 18, they have to still be in high school or some other type of schooling below college level in order to collect the benefits.