Will I Risk Losing My Disability Benefits If I Go Back To School?

Many disability benefit recipients may want to return to school and become employable in another field of work to raise their monthly income. If you have been approved for Social Security disability payments, you will receive them as long as you are disabled or until you reach the age of 65. However, if a new occupation becomes suitable for you because of your new education, and you can do this job with your physical or medical limitations, your benefits could end.

Can I Go To School While Receiving Disability Benefits?

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, individuals must have a medical condition that prevents them from working full time. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has no rules restricting a person who is receiving benefits from going to school, full or part-time. For disabled individuals, going back to school can be a path of empowerment beyond their disability. However, these additional qualifications will be taken into account when your application is reviewed for a Continuing Disability Review (CDR) to see if you are still totally disabled. 

An Adjuster May Terminate A Student’s Benefits During A CDR

If you’ve fought for and receive Social Security disability benefits, you’re aware that your case will be checked by the Social Security Administration (SSA) from time to time to see if you’re still eligible to receive benefits. Attending school full-time could impact an SSA auditor’s evaluation of your claim, especially if you were approved for disability benefits on the basis of a mental impairment. If they deem that your condition has improved and you no longer meet the definition of disabled, they may stop your benefits. In that case, it will help to retain the services of a Social Security disability lawyer. 

How The Ticket to Work Program Can Help You Maintain Your Benefits

Participating in the SSA’s Ticket to Work Program could be the best way to secure your benefits. You may join the SSA Ticket to Work Program if you are already receiving SSDI benefits and feel you may be able to work despite your disability.

If you are an adult between the ages of 18 and 64 who receives disability benefits, you may be eligible for the Ticket to Work Program. This program will help you get the resources and support you need to get back to work. The goal is to assist you in earning enough money to become financially self-sufficient. You can get help finding a job or other vocational training assistance if you participate in the program. These services are provided by employment networks and state vocational rehabilitation agencies. 

If you have further questions about going back to school while receiving Social Security disability benefits, contact the Social Security Administration.

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