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Benefits for Children After 18
(Posted November 6, 2003)
Question 326: I am a college student. My mother passed away in 1999; she worked for a railroad until she retired. I received checks until I was 18. Am I eligible to recieve checks because I am still in school?
Answer: Unless you become disabled before 22, your eligibility for Railroad Retirement benefits ended when you became 18.
From the mid-1960's to the early 1980's, both Social Security & Railroad Retirement provided monthly benefits for children 18-21 who were still full time students. But the program proved very difficult to administer, and there were some instances of fraud. Congress repealed the program when both Social Security and Railroad Retirement had serious financial problems.
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