ERIC Number: ED223158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-3
Reference Count: 0
Social Security Student Benefit Cuts. Joint Hearing before the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education and the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Hearings on the effects of recently enacted cutbacks in social security student benefits are presented. Since the Reagan administration proposed phasing out the social security students benefits, attention is directed to whether needy students who would have received these benefits will receive benefits under the other student aid programs. The efforts of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to notify students now receiving the benefits about the cutbacks are also addressed. Students who are not attending college in May 1982 will not be eligible for any grants, and students in college in February 1982 will have their benefits phased out over a 4-year period. Total savings of $2.3 billion are estimated as a result of the cutbacks, which were enacted by the Budget Reconciliation Act in 1981. An estimated 100,000 to 150,000 high school seniors are affected by this change in eligibility. Social Security benefits have been paid to 18- to 22-year old children of retired, disabled, or deceased workers if they are full-time students, regardless of individual need, with the level of benefits related to the parents' past earnings. Questions have been raised about the adequacy of SSA's efforts to notify beneficiaries of the benefit cutoffs. According to the Associate Commissioner of SSA, a nationwide public information campaign about changes in the law has been conducted. In regard to other financial aid, the administration proposal for fiscal year 1983 eliminates funding for two campus-based programs and reduces funding in the College Work Study program. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Agency Role, Budgets, College Bound Students, College Students, Economic Factors, Economically Disadvantaged, Eligibility, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Financial Problems, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Low Income Groups, Postsecondary Education, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Identifiers: Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 1981; Reagan (Ronald); Social Security Administration; Social Security Benefits