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Social Security Q&A: Social Security survivors benefits

Q: When a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, are benefits payable on that person's record?

A: Social Security survivors benefits can be paid to:

-- A widow or widower -- unreduced benefits at full retirement age, or reduced benefits as early as age 60.

-- A disabled widow or widower -- as early as age 50.

-- A widow ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: College student eligibility

Q: Will my son be eligible to receive benefits on his retired father's record while going to college?

A: No. At one time, Social Security did pay benefits to eligible college students. But the law changed in 1981. We now pay benefits only to students taking courses at grade 12 or below. Normally, benefits stop when children reach age 18 unless ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Social Security statement

Q: What is a Social Security Statement, and how can I get a copy?

A: Your online Social Security Statement gives you secure and convenient access to your earnings records. It also shows estimates for retirement, disability, and survivors benefits you and your family may be eligible for. You can get your personal Statement online by using your ...Read more