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The Social Security Student Benefit Program And Family Decisions, Ronald G. Ehrenberg May 1984

The Social Security Student Benefit Program And Family Decisions, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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In 1965 Congress established the Social Security Student Benefit Program which provided benefits for children of deceased, disabled or retired workers, who were enrolled in college full—time and were not married, up until the semester they turned age 22. The program grew to be a major financial aid program; at its peak in FY 81 it represented about 20% of all federal outlays on student assistance for higher education. The program was terminated for students newly entering college as of May 1, 1982.

Somewhat surprisingly, in contrast to the debate that accompanies most social programs, debate over the student ...