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What is an "educational institution"?

343. What is an "educational institution"?

A school is considered an "educational institution" if it provides elementary or secondary education as determined under the law of the State or other jurisdiction in which it is located.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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survivors benefits

January 22, 2013 by Guest

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.

Survivor benefits while in high school

January 22, 2013 by David Luhman

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

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.


January 23, 2013 by Guest

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.


January 24, 2013 by Guest

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

Child Social Security beneficiary and earnings limit

January 25, 2013 by David Luhman

Social Security has an "earnings limit" such that if you earn more than in $14,640 gross wages (in 2012) then the SSA will deduct $1 in benefits for every $2 earned above $14,640.

SSA documents indicate this earnings limit also applies to "child who works and receives benefits on your record."

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