Program Description

This benefit is paid to people who meet the following requirements:

  • Have earned enough Social Security credits
  • Are unable to work because of a disability that has lasted or will last for at least 12 months or end in death.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply online, visit

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, visit

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.

Once you know which benefits you can apply for, go to to apply online.

You can also call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) for additional information about SSA benefits and for application information.

Program Contact Information

To view SSA's publication "Understanding the Benefits", visit:

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

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

Additional Information

Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Over 10 million as of August 2015
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityThere is no specific tribal eligibility.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number96.001
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo