Is There a Child SSI Calculator?

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  • SSI provides Social Security income for people who are blind or disabled, including children. Find out more about whether there's a child SSI calculator.
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What Is SSI?

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. It's a federally funded income supplement program, and the money for it comes from general tax revenue, not Social Security taxes.

It's designed to assist individuals who are aged, blind or otherwise disabled people who have little or no income. This money lets recipients provide basic needs for themselves, including food, clothing and shelter.

SSI for Children

There is also a division of SSI that provides Supplemental Security income for children. In terms of SSI, a child is considered someone who is:

  • Under age 18 or 
  • Under age 22 and is a student regularly attending school

To be eligible for SSI benefits, the child must be blind or disabled. There is no minimum age requirement — a child can be eligible from the day they're born as long as they meet the criteria, and benefits may be collected until they turn 18.

At this time, the Social Security Administration evaluates the child's eligibility to qualify for adult disability benefits.

Child SSI Calculator

While there is no specific child SSI calculator individuals can access to find out the amount of benefits paid out, the SSA does provide a chart that helps individuals deem eligibility for children for SSI in 2020.

Amounts are based on the number of ineligible children in the household, whether income is earned or unearned, and whether there is a single-parent or two-parent household. There are some situations where this chart does not apply, such as when both parents receive earned income or if a parent receives court-ordered support payments.

Determining Eligibility for Children for SSI

If you have any doubt about whether your child might qualify for SSI, it's best to contact your local Social Security office for help. You can search for local offices using your ZIP code, and the results return both office addresses and phone numbers.