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SSI Recipients: Your COLA Increase Is Coming in December. Here's Why

You'll see your first 2024 cost of living adjustment increase in 2023 if you receive Supplemental Security Income.

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SSI beneficiaries get their first increased check for 2024 in December.

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Did you know that as a Supplemental Security Income beneficiary, your first 2024 cost of living adjustment check is actually coming this month? It'll be a 3.2% increase from what you've been receiving this year. On the flip side, if you receive Social Security, you won't see an increase on those payments until January. We'll explain why below.

You should now have access to check your My Social Security account message center for a notice about your new benefit amount. Note that the deadline for creating an account was Nov. 14 so if you missed it, you'll need to keep an eye out for a letter in the mail with all the details about your increase.

Here's why you're getting your first increased payment in December if you receive SSI, and when you can expect it. Additionally, here's the Social Security payment schedule and Social Security Disability Insurance payment schedule. Also, here's how much Medicare premiums and deductibles will be in 2024.

Why am I getting an SSI COLA increase in December?

The Social Security Administration follows a strict schedule when sending out monthly payments. For those who receive SSI, their payments are almost always sent out on the first of each month. 

There are two reasons why your payment wouldn't arrive on the first of any month: If the regular payment date falls on a holiday or a weekend.

In January 2024, the first of the month falls on a holiday. When this happens, the administration sends the checks earlier on the nearest business day -- in this case, a Friday. Instead of receiving your January 2023 check in January, you'll get it in December of this year.

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You can check the amount of your COLA increase in December.

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When will I get my first SSI COLA increase payment?

If you receive SSI, you'll get a payment on Dec. 29 with your new benefit amount. Since your first increased payment is scheduled for Jan. 1 (a holiday), you're getting your first 2024 payment early. 

What if I receive both SSI and Social Security benefits?

If you also get Social Security benefits along with your SSI, you'll only get your increase for SSI in December. Your Social Security benefits increase will begin on Jan. 3, which falls on a Wednesday.

For more, here's the maximum amount of Social Security benefits you can receive each month.