**********You do realize that Mr. Anti-Government and T-Bag High Priest, Paul Ryan used Social Security survivors benefits to help pay for college, has very little work experience outside the government? The sum total of his work experience outside of Congress is a couple part-time or summer jobs as a waiter, fitness trainer, and Oscar Mayer salesman. He is, nevertheless, a smart guy attending Miami University, where he double majored in economics and political science. Ryan likes to talk about how he used loans to pay for college; the fact is it was the Govt that paid for his tuition! Yep, that same Govt that he claims is not responsible for anything good!
When a father dies when the child is still under 18, the mother qualifies for Social Security to help with raising the child without the other parent. This applies to everyone, including you should that happen to you. His mother gave him her monthly allotment, and so what? He had the foresight to save it for his education. His father died at a relatively young age of 55, and just maybe she saw a future for her child, and just maybe she did not need the money since his father was an attorney and might have set her up with an insurance policy.
You don't know and neither do we.
It's pretty apparent that he is highly intelligent, most likely and honor student which would have qualified him for scholarships, just like it does every other kid in America with a high IQ and good grades.
He saved that to pay for his education and graduated with a BA Economics and Political Science, Miami University of Ohio (1992)
What you don't seem to grasp is that he was only 16 when he worked at McDonalds. You know nothing of his mother and have no right to be judgmental of this family.
Why don't you look into Obama's government assistance as a foreign student. Tell us where Obama got all his money and who paid for his education --- then you have a right to complain.