Program Description

Supplemental Security Income is a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). SSI provides financial help to disabled adults and children who have limited income and assets.

General Program Requirements

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

  • Be at least age 65;
  • Be blind or disabled;
  • Have limited income and resources; and 
  • Be a Citizen or national of the U.S. or an alien who meets certain applicable requirements or 
  • 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. 

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.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

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

Program Contact Information

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)

Additional Information

Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Over 8 million people as of July 2015
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityThere is no specific tribal eligibility.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedDirect Payments if eligible for SSI benefits
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number96.006
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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