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Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

2177. Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)

2177.1 What is a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)?

A Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) allows you, as a disabled or blind person, to set aside income and/or resources for a work goal such as education, vocational training, or starting a business. You can even set aside funds to purchase work-related equipment. A PASS does not affect an SGA decision. Income and resources that are set aside are excluded only under the SSI income and resources tests.

Any blind or disabled SSI individual can have a PASS. It is important to keep in mind that as earnings go up, the individual who does not need one now may need one next month to remain eligible or to increase his or her SSI payment amount.

2177.2 When does SSA recognize your PASS?

We recognize your PASS if you:

  1. Have a feasible work goal;

  2. Have a specific savings/spending plan;

  3. Provide for a clearly identifiable accounting for the funds you set aside; and

  4. Follow the plan and negotiate revisions as needed.

2177.3 Who can help you with your PASS?

Anyone may help you with your PASS: vocational counselors, social workers, or employers. Our responsibilities are to evaluate your PASS and determine its acceptability. It is also our job to help you put your plan in writing.

Last Revised: Jul. 25, 2006

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