If you or your child have a disability, you may be entitled to help from Social Security. There are 2 programs under SSA that are designed for people with disabilities, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Additional Income from Security (SSI). When are social security disability payments made?
SSI disability pensions
SSI benefits are paid on the first day of each month. If the first falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, benefits will be paid on the day before banking. For example, if the first is Sunday, you should receive the check on Friday before (assuming that Friday is not a public holiday). SSA recommends contacting the agency at 800-772-1213 if you do not receive a check or deposit by the fourth day of the banking month. SSI recipients are now required to receive payments via a direct deposit, Direct Express® card program or electronic transfer account.
SSDI payment dates
For SSDI payments, that’s another story. The date of performance depends on the date of birth and there are 3 parentheses.
- If your birthday falls between the 1st and 10th of the month, you’ll receive SSDI benefits on the second Wednesday of each month.
- If your birthday falls between the 11th and 20th day of the month, your benefits will come on the third Wednesday of each month.
- If your birthday is between the 21st and last day of the month, payments will be made on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
These SSDI benefits are paid on an accrual basis, which means that benefits received for one month are equal to the amount due for the previous month.
Exceptions to the normal schedule
- There are always exceptions for each rule. If you fall into one of the categories below, payment will arrive on an alternative schedule.
- You are a child or spouse who receives benefits based on the work history of another person. Your payment is made on the same day as that person.
- You started receiving benefits before May 1997: Your payment is made on the third day of the month.
- You get both social security benefits and additional collateral income. Your payment is made on the third day of the month.
- Vacation Exceptions. If the day you need to make a payment falls on a federal holiday, the day before will come.
The Social Security Administration is asking for permission to expire three days after the date of payment before contacting the Social Insurance Institution to report non-payment. Since most social security disability benefits are made directly, it is rare that payment is made on time. Another payment option is the Direct Express® card program, through which payments are recorded directly on the card that supports shifting. An electronic transfer account is the third method that makes automatic payments on your behalf using Social Security Disability Allowance.