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September 15, 2003

Social Security Benefits Restored to Fatherless Homeschooler in Kansas

After her Father died, southeast Kansas homeschooler, Julie (not her real name), began receiving survivor's benefits from the social security administration. This extra income eased her widowed mother's financial burden.

When Julie turned 18, however, the social security administration suddenly cut off benefits. They claimed that since she was 18 and not enrolled in school full time, she was no longer entitled.

HSLDA spoke with a representative of the social security administration and filed a "Request for Reconsideration." We explained that Julie was qualified for benefits because she was, in fact, enrolled in and attending a private school full-time. In Kansas, a home school is considered a private school. We reminded the official that her mother had registered the home-based private school with the state board of education. On our advice, her mother submitted an outline of her school plan for her senior year.

In response, the social security administration restored Julie's benefits.