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Does Going to School Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?

Published on December 15th, 2020

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 provide assistance to SSI recipients working toward supporting themselves.

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. But rest assured, you can attend school while receiving SSDI.

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

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. Although education probably won’t directly affect the symptoms of a disability, it can open doors that you might know to exist. There’s even a chance that you could find a fulfilling job that you love and can do even with your disability!

So 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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