How Eric Did It

Eric was a high school student who graduated and went to college. During that time, his Individualized Education Program (IEP) ended and he started getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Eventually, he got his first job. Over the years, he got support from many different people and programs.

To improve his life situation, Eric:

The following two summers, Eric did paid internships at local software companies. Both summers his earnings were lower than the limit set by the Student Earned Income Exclusion, so he had no problems with his benefits. He knew that in the long run, working would pay him a lot more than SSI would ever provide, so he was making sure to get good work experience that would help him get a solid job after graduation.