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A question about SSI Back Pay after being Approved

A previous commenter asked a question about her back pay. She stated the following: "I was fully approved for my SSI case and I was wondering when my back pay was supposed to start. Do they pay you a lump sum or installments for SSI."

As always, I'd like to point out that it's best to get an answer regarding payments from the social security office that's actually handling your case, because there may be specific variables or issues involved in your case that might have a significant impact on the answer.

However, here is a general answer to the question as it was stated:

If an individual is not entitled to receive SSI benefits once they become entitled to Title II (Social Security Disability) benefits, the entire SSI back payment is released to them when their SSI claim is processed.

However, if an individual is awarded SSI only, or is entitled to both programs, the rules are different. Then, SSI back pay is paid in installments. The individual will receive an installment which is equal to three months of SSI benefits when their claim is processed.

Beneficiaries are issued another three months worth of benefits at the six month mark. When they reach the one year mark, they receive all monies owed to them; and they have nine months to spend the money down to below the resource or asset limit for SSI.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Disability requirements and how to file in North Carolina
How to find out if approved for disability?
Social Security Disability hearing decision time
What is the process to file a Social Security Disability appeal?
Appealing A Social Security Disability Determination
Disability requirements, eligibility, criteria
Is Social Security disability separate from SSI?
Using the right medical evidence to win disability benefits
Social Security Disability, medium work, and your records
How do you Apply for SSI?
What medical conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives