Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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. 

Based on the information you gave about your income, assets, and citizenship status, you could get SSI when you turn 65.

This screening tool only asks very general questions about your income and assets, citizenship, living arrangements and, if you are under 65, your disability. SSA will ask you for more detailed information. If you are under 65, they will also need more information about your disability.

To see the listing of impairments that can qualify for disability, visit the "Adult Listing of Impairments" page. Even if your condition is not included in the listing, you still could get benefits.  To find out more about how SSA decides if you are disabled, visit SSA’s Publications Home Page and review "Disability," Social Security Publication Number 05-10029.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

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

Program Contact Information

Would you like more information about SSI?
Visit SSA's Publications Home Page and review the publication "Supplemental Security Income," Social Security Publication Number 05-11000.

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