Q. I am on Social Security because of my disability. My daughter graduated from High School last June. Does she qualify to continue receiving benefits while she is a full time college student?
A. College-age dependent children of disabled, retired or deceased workers are no longer eligible for benefits.
Until 1982, dependent children in full time attendance at a college or accredited vocational school could receive Social Security benefits until age 22. The Budget Act of 1981 phased out that benefit for children already in college and repealed it entirely for those not yet enrolled. Since then, the benefit ends when the child reaches age 18, 19 if still in high school.