Learn about Massachusetts State Supplement Program eligibility and payments

State Supplement Program (SSP) eligibility requirements, information about payment categories, rates, and methods

In order to get State Supplement Program (SSP) payments, you must first apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSP payments are based on eligibility for Supplemental Security Income. If you apply and are eligible, benefits are paid by the state at the beginning of each month. Payment amounts are based on your income and living arrangement.

State Supplement Program (SSP) eligibility

Massachusetts State Supplement Program (SSP) payments are based on eligibility for federal Supplemental Security Income payments. Sometimes, you may have income that is too high to be eligible for a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment, but may still qualify for an SSP payment. SSP payments are sent on the same schedule as the federal SSI payment, generally on the first of the month.

State Supplement Program (SSP) payment methods

State Supplement Program (SSP) payments are made in the same method by which an individual gets Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, either by check or by direct deposit.

SSP payments are made for the first of the month. Those who receive both SSI and SSP receive two payments, one from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and one from SSP.


SSP checks are issued from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through People’s United Bank. You may cash your SSP check with two forms of identification at any People’s United Bank location, even if you do not have a People’s United Bank account.

Direct Deposit

An SSP direct deposit on bank statements may include all or part of “COMM OF MASS SSP SUPP.”

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