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Award Letter

Definition - What does Award Letter mean?

An award letter, in the context of Social Security, refers to a letter sent by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to a claimant once their claim for disability benefits is approved. The letter contains important information relevant to the disability benefits that the claimant has been approved for.

An award letter is sometimes also referred to as a budget letter, a benefits letter, or a proof of income letter.

Justipedia explains Award Letter

Once a claimant's benefits are approved by the SSA, an award letter is sent out. It answers many of the questions that a claimant may have regarding the disability benefits such as when to expect the monthly benefits, the amount of monthly benefits, the amount of past benefits or back pay they are entitled to, and the date that they will receive the back pay. In the past, an award letter was sent to the claimant's registered address. Claimants can also apply for and download the award letter from the SSA website.

This definition was written in the context of Social Security

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