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Federal Benefit Rate - SSI


COLA logo, showing acronym COLA in blue letters, underlined in red, with words Cost Of Living Adjustment in black letters below, all on white background.The Federal Benefit Rate (FBR), sometimes called the Federal Payment Standard or the SSI Standard Benefit Amount, is the maximum dollar amount that you can receive in Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cash benefits on a monthly basis, provided your countable resources are less than the SSI Resource Limits ($2,000 for individuals, $3,000 for couples). The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is used to establish both an individual and couple maximum benefit rate annually, which take effect on January 1st of each year. This automatic adjustment is called a Cost Of Living Adjustment or COLA.

NOTE: 2009-2011 Social Security Changes
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits did not automatically increase in 2010 or 2011 as there was no increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2008, the previous last year a COLA was determined, to the third quarter of 2010.


NOTE: The Department of Labor made an error in the calculation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 1999, which caused the benefits paid to some SSI recipients to be slightly less than the correct amount. Beginning August 2001, the FBR and SSI benefits were adjusted.

The following table shows the FBR used by SSA and WorkWORLD to compute SSI benefits:

Effective Date

Individual FBR

Couple FBR

January 2015



January 2014



January 2013



January 2012



January 2011



January 2010



January 2009



January 2008



January 2007



January 2006



January 2005



January 2004



January 2003



January 2002



August 2001



January 2001



January 2000



January 1999



January 1998




NOTE: If you receive In-Kind Support that is figured using the 1/3rd Reduction Rule, then your FBR is reduced by 1/3rd.

The amount of the SSI cash benefit that you will actually receive each month depends on your:

           Living situation: If you live with others, SSA may determine that you have In-Kind Support , parental deemed income , or spousal deemed income

           Unearned income (other than In-Kind Support or deemed income)

           Earned income

           Use of the IRWE , PASS , BWE or SEIE work incentives

           State supplement: Some states supplement the FBR to provide additional support to recipients.

See Calculating SSI Cash Benefit Amount for the method SSA uses in calculating your SSI check.


Social Security Administration at:

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