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Frequently Asked Questions: Social Security Administration

Who is eligible to receive Social Security benefits?

Many people think of Social Security as just a retirement program. Although it is true that most of the people receiving Social Security receive retirement benefits, many others receive Social Security because they are:

  • Disabled; or

  • A spouse or child of someone who gets Social Security; or

  • A spouse or child of a worker who died; or

  • A dependent parent of a worker who died.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for Social Security at any age. In fact, Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other government program.

For more information concerning Social Security benefits, please see SSA Publication No. 05-10024, Understanding the Benefits.