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When a parent receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits, their child may also receive benefits. Children may also get benefits when a parent dies. The child can be a biological child, adopted child, or stepchild. A dependent grandchild also may qualify.


To receive benefits, the child must:

  • Be unmarried.
  • Be younger than age 18.
  • Be a full-time student (no higher than grade 12) 18 to 19 years old.
  • Have a disability that started before age 22 and is 18 years or older.

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