Can a college student get benefits if their parent receives Social Security Disability?

If I file for disability successfully will my 20 year old college student get any benefits? Thanks.

Unfortunately, Social Security benefits payable to children of disabled beneficiaries ends at age 18 or 19, if they are still in high school. There are no benefits payable for college students. Ronald Reagan ended student benefits for college-age children.

In this case, your son or daughter could only receive benefits if they themselves filed on the basis of a disabling condition.

This page provides a bit more information on this topic: Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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