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Academic pursuits potentially impacting SSDI benefits

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2022 | SSDI

Those suffering from disabilities qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if their occupations are covered by the program. Disabling medical problems must fall in line with the list developed and continually updated by the Social Security Administration.

Americans with disabilities can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if they have worked in jobs covered by the program. They must also suffer from medical conditions that meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) strict description of “disability,” specifically those who have not been able to work for one year or more.

Potential issues that may arise

In addition, benefits don’t exclude recipients from pursuing an academic degree under certain conditions. However, new qualifications will undergo consideration when your claim comes up for a continuing disability review (CDR). The process involves determining if the disability is part of the SSA’s definition:

  • Unable to work or “substantial gainful activity” due to a medical condition
  • Inability to work done previously or make an adjustment to other work because of a medical condition
  • The condition has or is expected to go on for at least one year or potentially fatal

A degree, certificate, or training could qualify for jobs with physical or medical limitations, resulting in losing the disability designation. Those suffering from disabling mental conditions could see the SSA terminating their benefits.

While not discouraging SSDI recipients from academic pursuits, specific rules exist that could impact disability benefits after graduation and a subsequent new job. The help of an attorney possessing comprehensive knowledge of Social Security Disability benefits could be invaluable.