Minnesota Supplemental Aid

Program info

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) provides cash assistance to help adults who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pay for their basic needs. Some people who are blind, have a disability or are older than 65 but do not get SSI because their other income is too high may also be eligible for MSA if they meet the income limit. People who get MSA are also eligible for help with medical, food and housing costs through the Medical Assistance (MA), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and MSA Housing Assistance programs.


To qualify, you must be:

• Age 18 or older

• Getting SSI, or eligible to get it except that your income is too high. If your income is too high for SSI, you may qualify for MSA if you meet one of these criteria:

  • o Are age 65 or older
  • o Are blind
  • o Have a disability under SSI criteria.
  • You must also meet the asset limit of:

    • $2,000 for an individual

    • $3,000 for a couple.


    Basic monthly MSA grant

    The amount of the basic monthly MSA grant is calculated using both the:

  • • Maximum SSI amount (Federal Benefit Rate) that applies to you, or your countable income if you do not get SSI
  • • The MSA standard set by state law.
  • You can estimate your monthly MSA grant using the interactive tools on Minnesota’s Disability Benefits 101 website. There are different calculators for people who get SSI and those who do not.

    Special needs grant

    MSA also may provide special payments for people who need:

    • Medically prescribed special diets

    • Representative payee services

    • Guardian or conservator service fees

    • Certain home repairs

    • Certain household furniture and appliances

    • Help paying for housing costs through MSA Housing Assistance.


    You can apply:

  • • Online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov
  • • On paper using the Combined Application Form (PDF). Mail or bring the completed form to your local county human services agency.
  • MSA households described in annual survey

    The snapshots of MSA program active cases and eligible people are now located on the department’s CountyLink website. You can find them under the County Reports/Results area.

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