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What is an "educational institution"?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.


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i was getting benefits then i turned 18 last month and it stoped im just getting back in school because i had to clear up a warrant. can i give the ssi building my school paper work or is it to late? its been a month and i just got enrolled.

Assuming you are in high school (or equivalent), you should be able to continue receiving Social Security survivor benefits.

http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/282

If you get survivors benefits and you are in jail and convicted of a crime, your monthly benefits will stop after you remain in jail for more than 30 continuous days following your conviction date. If you are in jail awaiting trial, you will continue to get your check until you are convicted.

http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1224

If I opt for my son to take high school courses on-line, is this still considered attending an "educational institution"? Does the school have to have a certain credentialing for my son to continue receiving benefits? (His father is disabled.) Thank you.

If my 16-year-old begins a part-time job, does this affect his Social Security benefits he receives from his father's disability?


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