What Is a Social Security Award Letter?

A Social Security award letter is a letter that is received by Social Security applicants when they are approved to receive benefits by the Social Security Administration. The letter explains the applicants benefits how to receive them. Those who are not accepted receive a denial letter.

The Social Security award letter includes much of the information the recipient needs to understand the nature of the benefits received. The information generally included in the letter covers award types, benefit amounts, and benefit payment days. An award letter also includes any back pay that the recipient is entitled to receive as well as the dates that the back pay may be deposited into their bank accounts.