My son turned 18 in May 2012. He will still be a fulltime high school student until June 2013. He received Social Security benefits because my husband is permanently disabled. We were expecting his check today (we filled out all the necessary paperwork), but were told by the SS Office that he won't get any benefits in the summer because he's not in school. Both my children received benefits year round prior to age 18. Is the information regarding summer vacation correct?
SS website - VERY vague!
I realize you have a question about social security. My goal is to help you better understand your options.Thank you for your question, and it is a good question to ask. Your child is eligible for benefits until he graduates from high school or two months after reaching the age of 19, whichever comes first. In order to remain eligible, your son must be a full-time student. His attendance in school must be documented by school officials. Since he's over the age of 18, he only gets those benefits while he's a full-time student. The presumption is that your child can work and earn wages during the summer months, but then can't earn the same wages while attending school. When he goes back to school in the fall, then the benefits start back up. I hope this helped clarify the issue for you. I know it's not the optimal outcome and I wish I could tell you otherwise. Please take a moment to rate my response as "Great service" so that I can be compensated for assisting you. If you have difficulties rating me, please let me know so I can alert tech support.
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