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Can I go back to school while on disability?

Updated on October 2, 2012

It's Strange to Think that You Can Go to School Fulltime While Drawing Disability Benefits

But you can. It's even encouraged for you to go back to school to get retraining so that you can rejoin the workforce. You should even check with your state's Department of Rehabilitation to see if you qualify for funds to help you pay for college.

I'm not an attorney. I'm only a girl that was disabled, and didn't want to collect benefits the rest of her life. So I found out what I could and could not do to get retrained. This is what worked for me.

You can go back to school full time while on disability. It's even encouraged.

I Went Back to School While on Disability

I knew that I wasn't going to be able to perform like I did prior to my disability. My body couldn't handle sitting at a desk for an eight hour day, and I couldn't handle the stress my previous education and job experience prepared me for. So in order to make a comparable salary in another industry, I had to go back to school (if I ever wanted to get off disability anyway).

I first checked with the Department of Rehabilitation in my state. I was qualified for assistance through their program, but they had a budget freeze and it would likely be more than a year before I could start back to college full time. So I did some double checking with the Social Security office, and they said they did not care if I spent my own money to fund a return to education (and that would not make me ineligible to continue drawing Social Security).

Could returning to college disqualify a person from receiving disability benefits?

When your case comes up for review, it is possible that a case worker could find you to no longer be disabled. However, a judgement such as this can also be appealed.

The main thing you will want to make clear about a return to school is how going to school (full or part time) differs from a full time work environment, and why you are able to do one and not the other. It could be that your school is able to accommodate your disability in a way that your work could not.

Have you gone back to school while on disability?

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      This is true. I was able to get some computer classes. Which made it easier when the doctors said you are good to go back to work.