Earning Masters Degree with PASS!

“I want to share with anyone thinking about utilizing the work incentives program how beneficial it was for me.  A few years ago, I had no idea that there were options for people with disabilities to work and still receive benefits while planning various career and educational goals.  I signed up with vocational rehabilitation and they helped me pay for school by paying 40% each semester which was a huge help.  I was able to graduate through the University of Iowa while I was on the PASS plan.  The PASS plan allowed me to continue to receive full benefits as long as I was putting away toward my PASS plan.  My PASS plan included cost of tuition (for the other 60%), books, supplies, and transportation costs.  I purchased a car and I would make monthly payments with money from my PASS plan.  It felt great to know I was finally on the right track and working toward my goal of becoming a Social Worker, so I can help others who may come from vulnerable populations like myself.   After I received my Bachelor’s degree, I decided to continue on and obtain my Master’s degree.  I was no longer on the PASS plan because I had completed my original goal, but I felt as though I had much more confidence than I did prior to the assistance of the WIPA program.  Having the support and people who truly believed I could succeed was what helped me the most.  I couldn’t be more grateful for all of the support.  Now, I am finally working full time after almost 10 years, and I have worked my way off of my benefits.  It made me feel safe knowing that I had the security of the PASS plan, and I wasn’t going to be penalized for going back to work and finishing out my schooling.”