Module #3

How Income and Resources Impact SSI Eligibility and Payment Amount

This toolkit will help you understand the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program’s financial eligibility rules as they are likely to apply to transition-aged youth (ages 14 through 25). Using this toolkit will aid you in explaining some of these basic concepts to youth, their families, and others who assist them. 

Resources

Understanding Supplemental Security Income: SSI Resources -- 2018 Edition

Social Security’s Red Book – A Guide to Work Incentives

SSI’s Treatment of Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships, and Gifts

  • SSI’s Program Operations Manual Systems (POMS) SI 00830.455, https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0500830455 (includes complete list of exclusions for programs funded through Title IV or Higher Education Act or Bureau of Indian Affairs Student Assistance Program) 

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts

  • * SSI POMS SI 01130.740 (last updated March 2018), https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0501130740 (includes SSI policies on treatment of ABLE account contributions and distributions for qualified disability expenses) 

  • * ABLE National Resource Center, www.ablenrc.org (see map on home page for links to more than 30 states with active ABLE accounts; includes archived webinars and growing bank of resources related to ABLE accounts)