May I go to college while I wait for the decision on my disability claim?

Yes,  however in order to be considered disabled, Social Security needs to find you would not be capable of performing your past work or any other work in the national economy.  Obviously going to school is not the same thing as working.  School is often less physically demanding than a job, and professors are often more accommodating than an employer.  But attending college could still raise some questions about why you can’t work.  For example, your statements that you have trouble carrying heavy objects, sitting for long periods of time, or issues with concentration could be questioned if you are sitting in class, carrying heavy books, and completing difficult coursework. If you think that going to school might help you train for a new career talk to Vocational Rehabiltation and advise your lawyer.  

Timothy J. Cuddigan
Omaha Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer With Over 40 Years Experience