Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

To be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), one must be:

  • aged (65 or older);
  • blind; OR
  • disabled


  • has limited income; and
  • has limited resources; and
  • is a U.S. citizen or national, or in one of certain categories of aliens; and
  • is a resident of one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands; and
  • is not absent from the country for a full calendar month or for 30 consecutive days or more; and
  • is not confined to an institution (such as a hospital or prison) at the government's expense; and
  • applies for any other cash benefits or payments for which he or she may be eligible, (for example, pensions, Social Security benefits); and
  • gives SSA permission to 

    contact any financial institution and request any financial records about you; and

  • files an application; and
  • meets certain other requirements.

Click here to visit the Social Security Administration (SSA) eligibility page for more details.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Overpayments

If the Social Security Administration has contacted you regarding an overpayment, this video can assist you in filing an appeal. This classroom can provide you with information about overpayment. Spanish readers can access the information in this classroom.

For Advocates

Advocates who need information on helping SSI applicants can read Supplemental Security Income 101, published by Justice in Aging.