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Social Security Information for Students 
and Self-Employment Seekers

 

Are you receiving Social Security income?  If so, the following information may be of interest and help in your planning.  Be sure to check with the Social Security Administration for current information as changes do occur!

 

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Student Earned Income Exclusion for SSI Program

Plan for Achieving Self-Support  (PASS)

Information about Scholarships and Grants

Social Security Disability Programs

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Student Earned Income Exclusion for the SSI Program

If you're a student under age 22, and you're regularly attending a school, college, university, or a course of vocational or technical training (hour requirements apply), you can have limited earnings that are not counted against your SSI benefits.

The exclusion amounts are adjusted each year based on the latest COLA (cost of living adjustment).  The following web site provides information about the current exclusion amount.

For more information, visit this web site:

Social Security Administration Student Earned Income Exclusion

You may also contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 
or 1-800-325-0778 (TTY).

 

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Plan for Achieving Self-Support  (PASS)

A Plan for Achieving Self-Support  (PASS) is a plan for people with disabilities who wish to go to school to prepare for a job, receive training for a job, or start a business. 

A PASS allows you to set aside money and/or other things you own to help you reach your goal.  Your goal must be a job that will produce sufficient earnings to reduce your dependency on Social Security.

To receive important information about the PASS program and instructions on how to set up a PASS plan, see the following web site:

Social Security Administration:   A Guide to Plans for Achieving Self-Support

 

The Guide will answer all your questions and explain the program in detail.

You may also call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or
1-800-325-0778 (TTY) for information and assistance.

 

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Information about Scholarships and Grants

For students with disabilities, most scholarships and grants that are used to pay for tuition, books, and other expenses directly related to getting an education don't count as income if you go to school or are in a training program.

For information, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or
1-800-325-0778 (TTY).

 

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Social Security Disability Programs

To learn about Social Security Disability Programs, and to receive answers to your questions, visit the following Social Security Administration web sites!

Social Security Disability Programs - www.ssa.gov/disability

Social Security Benefits to Children with Disabilities (PDF file)

 

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