Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal cash assistance program administered by the SSA. It benefits people who are over 65 years old, disabled or blind and has a limited source of income. SSI benefits are paid monthly.
If you are receiving SSI benefits due to disability, age or blindness, expect to receive your payments on the first day of every month. But if you’re receiving SSI along with other social security benefits, your payment will be sent every 3rd day of the month.
However, if your payment date falls on a weekend or a holiday, your benefits will be sent on the last working day immediately preceding.
SSI Payment Dates for 2020
For those receiving only SSI, here is your monthly payment calendar for 2020:
|For the month of||Payment Date||Notes|
|January||Dec. 31, 2019||The first day of the month is a holiday.|
|February||January 31, 2019||The first day of the month falls on a weekend|
|March||February 28, 2020||The first day of the month falls on a weekend|
|April||April 1, 2020|
|May||May 1, 2020|
|June||June 1, 2020|
|July||July 1, 2020|
|August||July 31, 2020||The first day of the month falls on a weekend|
|September||September 1, 2020|
|October||October 1, 2020|
|November||October 30, 2020||The first day of the month falls on a weekend|
|December||December 1, 2020|
If you are receiving SSI in addition to other social security benefits, expect to receive your payment on the following dates:
|For the month of||Payment Date||Notes|
|January||January 3, 2020|
|February||February 3, 2020|
|March||March 3, 2020|
|April||April 3, 2020|
|May||May 1, 2020||The 3rd day of the month falls on a weekend|
|June||June 3, 2020|
|July||July 3, 2020|
|August||August 3, 2020|
|September||September 3, 2020||The 3rd day of the month falls on a weekend|
|October||October 2, 2020|
|November||November 3, 2020|
|December||December 3, 2020|
My SSI Payment Hasn’t Arrived Yet. What Should I Do?
There are a variety of reasons why an SSI check could get delayed.
For one, the SSA office processing your payment could have a very slow processing time. Remember that there are about 63 million Americans receiving social security benefits every month. Thus, a delay in processing time is sometimes inevitable.
Outdated SSA records can also cause a delay in your SSI payments. The same is true if you fail to update your banking details. If the bank account receiving your payments change, you need to report such changes to the SSA.
If your SSI payment hasn’t arrived according to schedule, it’s best to contact the SSA directly. The agency, however, advises waiting for at least three days before visiting their office.
2020 Payment Dates for Other Social Security Benefits
Social security payment dates for benefits other than SSI is determined based on your birthday.
- If you are born on the 1st through the 10th of the month, your payments will arrive every second Wednesday of the month.
- For people born on the 11th through the 20th of the month, they will be paid every third Wednesday of the month.
- If your birthday falls after the 20th of the month, expect to receive your benefits every fourth Wednesday of the month.
As with SSI, if your payment schedule falls on a weekend or holiday, you will be paid on the last working day immediately preceding. A comprehensive social security payment calendar for 2020 is available here.
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Judy Ponio is a writer for Victor Malca Law P.A. and enjoys helping people with questions about social security, workers compensation, and other serious matters involving people’s livelihood. She is not an attorney and her writing should not be considered legal advice.