Can children and students get Social Security benefits?

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


To get benefits, the child must be unmarried and:

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

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  • Topic #: 34011-3761
  • Date Created: 03/28/2014
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