Paul Ryan was 16 years of age when his father died in the summer of 1986. After the unexpected death of his father by a heart attack, Paul Ryan said, "I grew up real fast (Talking Points Memo, August 20, 2014)."
Paul Ryan received Social Security survivors benefits after his father died until he reached age 18. He saved the money he received from Social Security and used it to pay for his education at Miami University in Ohio. In 1992, Paul Ryan graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Miami University (U.S. News & World Report, July 23, 2008).
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