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FAQs and SSI Benefits For College Students

Published on December 15th, 2020

Social Security disability insurance is meant to help those in need. But as you’re likely aware, qualifying for this financial assistance can be a long and stressful process. After qualifying, it makes sense to hesitate before taking actions that might disqualify you from monthly benefits.

In this piece, we will specifically address questions surrounding whether you can go to school on disability.

Can You Go To School While On Long-Term Disability Benefits?

Rest assured that you can attend school while receiving Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

To qualify for social security disability benefits, individuals must have a medical condition that prevents them from working full-time. Disabled individuals can still receive benefits while attending school.

In fact, attending college or other forms of education is often encouraged. Programs like PASS assist SSI recipients in working toward supporting themselves.

SSI Benefits For College Students

That said, higher education might open up a new world of employment possibilities. A new degree or trade certificate will be considered when it comes time for your continuing disability review.

Earning a diploma does not in any way disqualify you from receiving monthly benefits. If you are still unable to work, you will still be eligible to receive disability.

Can You Take Online Classes While On Social Security Disability?

Yes, in many cases, you can take online classes while receiving disability benefits. It’s important to consult with the educational institution you’re enrolled in to better understand any potential limitations you might face. Those on disability can receive accommodations that help them thrive while learning.

Is A Student On Disability Able To Use A Scholarship Or Have Student Earnings?

Yes, it is possible to receive scholarships, grants or have student earnings while on disability. Scholarships, pell grants, and student earnings are generally separate from disability benefits and are based on different criteria. Many scholarships are merit-based or specific to certain fields of study. Individuals with disabilities may be eligible for this type of financial aid in order to support their educational goals.

Additionally, individuals with disabilities can work part-time or have student earnings without affecting their disability benefits. They must adhere to any income or reporting requirements set by the Social Security Administration.

What Are The Benefits Of Seeking A College Degree While On Disability?

Education for its own sake is commendable and should be celebrated for individuals with and without disabilities. For disabled individuals, it can be a path of empowerment beyond their disability. Continuing higher education won’t potentially directly affect the symptoms of your disability. If anything, it is possible that pursuing higher education can open career doors that you never knew existed.

There is a possibility that you can find a job that you love and that is accommodating of your disability. This could be a very fulfilling job and could be a way for you to keep your benefits.

If you have a disability and want to better yourself through education, go for it! Earning a degree might make it possible for you to work. But if you’re still unable to do so, you’re still entitled to collect SSDI. And the best disability lawyers in Chicago will help you prove as much to the Social Security Administration if needed.

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