SSA Grid Rules 101

Beginner's Guide

If you are over 50 years old, the SSA will use the grid rules to determine if you qualify for disability benefits. 

Take our assessment to see if you qualify for disability benefits.

Grid Rules At a Glance

The Social Security Administration has determined it is harder for a person over 50 to obtain a job.

For a basic overview of the SSA grid rules, read the following article or watch the video.

First Factor: Age

Whether or not someone is capable of transitioning to other types of work is a determining factor of whether you receive disability benefits.

Congress determined that as you get older you lose the ability to learn a new job. Learn more in the articles below:

Second Factor: Education

The SSA has determined that the more education one has, the easier it is for them to find and transfer to other jobs.

On the other hand, the less education one has, the less likely they are to find other types of jobs. Learn more in the articles below:

Third Factor: Previous Work Experience

To determine whether you are capable of transitioning to another "equal" job, the SSA uses the SVP numbering system.

This system determines whether your past work experience was skilled, semi-skilled, or unskilled.  Learn more in the articles below:

Final Factor: Residual Functional Capacity

In order to determine whether or not you are qualified for disability, the SSA uses RFC to  assess what you are physically and/or mentally capable of doing or not doing during an 8-hour workday

Learn more in the articles below: