The Grids and How Far You Went In School | New Port Richey Social Security Disability Lawyer

The Grids are just that – a  real Grid. At the top of the Grid is the level of residual functional capacity (RFC) with a list of factors. The first is age and the second is education. The third is previous work experience which I will discuss in my next post.

So why does the Social Security Administration (SSA) want to know far you went in school? Why does that ancient history matter?

Because… the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, that dictionary your English teacher never heard of, looks at the educational level of jobs that exist in the United States economy.

The SSA uses the highest grade you completed in evaluating your educational level. However, SSA will accept evidence that your actual educational level is lower than the actual grade your completed.

So, when you complete your Social Security Disability application be truthful about your ability to read, write,  make change, and your ability to speak English. Be truthful about the highest grade you finished and whether you got a high school diploma. Be truthful, if you where held back, repeated a grade, or where in special classes because of reading difficulties.

While you might find it embarrassing or something you have hidden over the years, it can make the difference in getting your Social Security Disability benefits. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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