i'm 17 and have recently graduated high school. i will be attending college full time in the fall and will be 18 in late September. in 2005 when i was 11, my father passed away from a massive heart attack. after his death, i being his minor child, recieved survivors benefits. at least,my mother did. it is my understanding she recieved two seperate checks for me until i was 16. she now only recieves one for me of about a thousand dollars. i do not see any of that money. my mother says its for me "to go into the house to raise me" and all that good crap. that is not the issue,however. the issue is, my mother is a very last minute person and i know this is not a last minute process. when i tur 18, i want my check. do i have to call myself to the social security office to let them know i will be attending college? i have been told that if i'm in school and 18, i will be able to have my father's support. i will be 18, however, after i'm in school.
i'm not sure really what to do, who to call, when to call, what to say. i just dont want it to be disrupted or sent to my mother after iim 18. please help. thanks