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    SSDI Question on School?

    I had to fill out an update late last year for my SSDI. They asked about whether I had been or was attending school. I just started with this past semester via the web to finish my bachelor of science. How or will this effect my SSDI? Original injury at C4 functionally a C5/C7.
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    Should not effect it at all. I have an old SSA eligibility manual. For SCI eligibility, the only criteria is no paid employment for last 6 months and doctor's diagnosis of wheelchair dependent SCI.

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    I had been on SSDI for about 18 months when I went back to school full time. It's been quite a while ago, but I don't think there was any effect on SSDI. I'm not sure they even knew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeyes
    I had been on SSDI for about 18 months when I went back to school full time. It's been quite a while ago, but I don't think there was any effect on SSDI. I'm not sure they even knew.

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    Thanks everyone. I sort of wondered if they thought I could sit through a full school day I could work. I'm not anywhere near a full load and for now it's home except for finals.
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    SSDI / SSI questions...

    Hi,

    I am a Community Work Incentive Coordinator (a CWIC), trained by Social Security on the work incentives available through SSA for indivudals on SSDI and SSI. Basically, I am trained to educate indivudals on the impact of work on their federal, state and local benefits (state and local specific to NH).

    I would be glad to help you with SSDI questions (at least general). If I can not help, I should be able to refer to a specific person who can.

    CWIC Melanie Renfrew-Hebert
    Granite State Independent Living, NH

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    The most important reason they are asking about your school status is to see if you qualify for a work incentive through Social Security called the Student Earned Income Exclusion. This means that if you are below the age of 22, in school (and full time is a relative thing, guys! They base it on your ability to be in classes), and working you can have up to $1,550 per month up to a yearly total of $6,240 of you income from work excluded.

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