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 SSP payments, you must first apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSP payments are based on eligibility for SSI. 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.

SSP eligibility

In order to get SSP payments, you must first apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSP payments are based on eligibility for SSI.

Sometimes, you may have income that is too high to be eligible for SSI but may still qualify for an SSP payment.

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. Learn more about payments below.

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SSP payment methods and schedule

If you are eligible, you will get SSP payments in the same way you get SSI payments, either by check or by direct deposit.

SSP payments are sent on the same schedule as the federal SSI payment, generally on 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.

Checks

If you get your SSP payment by check, it will come from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through People’s United Bank. You can cash your SSP check by bringing two forms of identification at any People’s United Bank location.

You do not have to have a People’s United Bank account.

Direct Deposit

If you get your SSP payment by direct deposit, it will likely show a deposit on your bank statement from “COMM OF MASS SSP SUPP.”

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