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Response to Moostache (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 05:09 PM

48. As the parent of a college student

Social security benefits would help us out a bit. My daughter's father passed on several years ago. She received SS survivor benefits until she graduated from high school. The month she graduated was her last SS payment. And living in Missouri means that she would also lose her Medicaid benefits upon her 19th birthday. I have her covered now with insurance through my employer but it's an additional expense that is part of a budget with less money coming in.

My daughter is a scholarship student. Between scholarships, Pell and MO Access/Bright Flight her tuition and books are covered. An extension of SS would help cover incidentials such as gas to drive to the campus, activity and lab fees, basic supplies, car insurance, maybe the occasional cafeteria meal during finals week when she can't leave campus, clothes for her classes and nicer outfits for when she has her internship, some living expenses while during her internship, etc. There are so many things that must be paid for outside of tuition and books and if she was still able to receive SS it would be much easier for her to afford them.

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