SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home345. When are benefits paid to a child who is not attending school?

Child's insurance benefits may be paid to a child as a full-time student for a period of four calendar months or less in which the child does not attend school if:

  1. The child was in full-time attendance immediately before the four-month period;

  2. The child has established an intent to continue full-time or actually does attend full-time after the end of the four-month period; and

  3. The period of nonattendance is not due to the child's expulsion or suspension from school.