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What is SSI (Supplemental Security Income)?

Supplemental Security Income is a federally funded program that provides financial help to disabled adults and children who have limited income and assets.


To qualify for this benefit program, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be at least age 65 OR be blind or disabled

  • Have limited income and resources

  • Be a citizen or a national of the U.S. or an alien who meets certain applicable requirements

  • Reside in one of the 50 States, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands, except for a child of military parent(s) assigned to permanent duty anywhere outside the United States or certain students temporarily abroad.

Other factors may affect your eligibility, including:

  • Marital status

  • Monthly income from work and bank balance 

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, take the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool questionnaire.

Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.Check if you may be eligible for this benefit



Visit the Apply For Social Security Benefits webpage to apply online.



Visit SSA's Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)

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