I receive social security because my mother is dead, my father is in prison and I am living with my grandparents. I have been doing home school for the past year in order to graduate a year early, so by the time I graduate, I will be 17 and leaving for college. Because I will still be under 18, will I still receive my social security until I am 18 or will it stop once I graduate?
I am not a Social Security expert but my understanding is that if a Social Security beneficiary dies, and were a dependent of the beneficiary who is under 18 years of age, you will receive monthly benefits until you are 18 years old (or 19 if enrolled in an elementary/high school). Regardless whether you are attending college or not should not matter, but I'd defer to any other attorneys who have handled these kinds of matters before.
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Your benefits should continue until age 18. Take a look at https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/yourchildren.html. It states the following:
"When you qualify for Social Security retirement benefits, your children may also qualify to receive benefits on your record. Your eligible child can be your biological child, adopted child or stepchild. A dependent grandchild may also qualify.
To receive benefits, the child must:
be unmarried; and
be under age 18; or
be 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12); or
be 18 or older and disabled from a disability that started before age 22.
Normally, benefits stop when children reach age 18 unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first".
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