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Definition

What Is A Plan For Achieving Self-Support (PASS)?

The Plan for Achieving Self-Support applies to people receiving SSI benefits.  Basically, a plan for achieving self-support, or PASS for short, is a plan for your future. Many people receiving or applying for SSI benefits because of a disability want to work, and you're probably one of them. But maybe you need to go back to school before you can get a job. Or, maybe you'd like to start your own business, but you don't have the money. Whatever your work goal may be, a PASS can help you reach it.

A PASS lets you set aside money and/or other things you own to help you reach your goal. For example, you could set aside money to start a business or to go to school or to get training for a job.

Your goal must be a job that will produce sufficient earnings to reduce your dependency on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. A PASS is meant to help you acquire those items, services or skills you need so that you can compete  for an entry level job in a professional, business or trade environment.  You can contact your local Social Security office to find out whether a PASS is appropriate for you.

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