Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is monetary assistance the state pays to persons who are both disabled and low-income. While SSI benefits do not reduce the amount of federal financial aid available for college, some types of college assistance may reduce a person's SSI benefits.
SSI and the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is a form the government uses to assess the income of both a student and his parents. This income is used to determine a student's federal financial aid award. Supplemental Security Income received by either a student or his parents does not count toward income and does not in any way reduce a student's potential financial aid award.
Financial Aid and SSI
SSI eligibility may be affected by certain forms of financial aid. Loans, scholarships or work-study money that pays for tuition do not count as income and will not reduce a student's SSI assistance. However, financial aid that is used to pay for food or housing is considered income and will likely reduce a student's SSI benefit.