Can You Take College Courses When Applying for Disability Benefits?
Can you go to college full or part time, or even take college classes online while you are applying for Social Security disability?
As I discuss in this video, Social Security will only find you disabled if you have a medical problem that prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity. Most people can see why full time work would be considered substantial activity but you should also know that activities equivalent to work will also be considered substantial.
There have been a number of court cases finding that full time enrollment in college constitutes substantial gainful activity and my experience has been that even part time attendance will count as well.
Online courses may or may not be considered SGA - it will depend on how many courses you are taking, what else you are doing and the nature of your medical issues.
However, you should always keep in mind that disability judges will assume that if you can fulfil the requirements of online or in person college, you have the capacity to manage a schedule, fulfil requirements in a timely manner and maintain a moderate high level of attention and concentration. In other words, college attendance kind of looks like work and many judges will consider college courses as functionally equivalent to work. #substantialgainfulactivity #applyfordisability #socialsecuritydisabilityhearing
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