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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Child In College

(Posted March 20, 2004)

Question 414: Can a child enrolled as full time college student over the age of nineteen receive any benefits?

Answer: Currently no Railroad Retirement benefits are provided for children 18 or older who are attending a college or university.

From the mid-1960's until the early 1980's, both Railroad Retirement and Social Security provided monthly benefits for children between 18 and 21 who were in school. The program proved very complicated to administer, and was subject to serious fraud and abuse.


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