Minnesota Supplemental Aid - (MSA)

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Education for Justice

MSA is Minnesota Supplemental Aid. It is a small amount the state pays to people with low incomes who are elderly, blind or disabled and who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It is also possible to qualify for MSA if you get Social Security Disability benefits that are more than $794 but less than $855 per month.

  • A person who gets the basic SSI grant of $794 and lives alone normally gets $81 in MSA.
  • A married couple who live alone and get the SSI couple's rate of $1191 normally get $111 in MSA.
  • If you live in certain types of non-medical care facilities, the amount is $102 per month.

Because of the way MSA is figured out, you usually can’t get it if you live with anyone else except a spouse who also gets SSI.

You are living alone if:

  • You have your own lease
  • You have at least one room to yourself
  • You buy and make your food separately

If you live in a place like this and get denied MSA, contact Legal Aid.

Any income you have above the SSI amount counts against your MSA grant, but if you work, some of your earned income is not counted.