How much should someone make to be able to comfortably make it off of SSI and public assistance?

I'm going to school and going to get a degree where I can make roughly $30k a year and I'm wondering how much would someone need to make to comfortably become self supporting? I live on SSI and I want to become self supporting and part of that is getting a degree that would work even with my disability (which is a very severe stutter). I'm going for Computer Support Specialist and Network Specialist.

Asked By: T - 12/28/2012
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Two of us survive on roughly $30k a year. We would have been better off had we used our retirement money on paying off the house, but we needed it to survive, so we used it up, before going on Welfare, while I was making very little on SSDI... More
Answered By: Caroline - 12/29/2012
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in texas you are kicked off ssi and ssdi when you make more than 985 a month on your own for 9 months. its not enough to live on but that's the rules here. depends on your state though for all income restrictions. its great that you are able to succeed past your disability. we are all proud of you!!
Answered By: Karson - 12/28/2012
Karson doesn't know what he is talking about. If a person works who receives social security disability as long as their earnings are under $1040 a month they will continue to be entitled. He seems to be confusing the social security disability program with the SSI disability program... More
Answered By: Judith - 12/28/2012
once you make about 1500/month they completely kick you off....if you make more than 1040/month too often---you risk losing your benefits once you are reviewed... More
Answered By: JMITW - 12/28/2012
You can live decently, on 30k a year in areas that have a low cost of living. However 30k won't get you very far in someplace like LA, New York, or San Francisco, so a lot will depend on where you live... More
Answered By: fodaddy19 - 12/29/2012
I don't know how much money you require to be comfortable, but you can work part time while disabled, as was mentioned. My ex husband worked part time for many years on SSI, and did earn an SSDI benefit, as well. It was a major achievement for him to work, and it is good for you to work if you can. he always had a lot... More
Answered By: gardensallday - 12/29/2012
A few grand per month yields about $1500-$2000 in benefits. The more years of solid work history the better your odds. Many factors go into qualifying for them. Check your local SSA office for application process... More
Answered By: jdp12122000 - 1/1/2013
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