Program Description

A surviving spouse or child may receive a special lump-sum death payment of $255 if they meet certain requirements.

Generally, the lump-sum is paid to the surviving spouse who was living in the same household with the worker when he or she died. If they were living apart, the surviving spouse can still receive the lump-sum if, during the month the worker died, he or she: If there's no eligible surviving spouse, the lump-sum can be paid to the worker's child (or children) if, during the month the worker died, the child:

General Program Requirements

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Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits the Social Security Administration (SSA) administers, visit http://best.ssa.gov.

Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.

Once you know which benefits you can apply for, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline/ to apply online.

You can also call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) for additional information about SSA benefits and for application information.

Program Contact Information

For more information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)
Visit our Publications page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies:
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/

Additional Information

Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate):Over 6 million as of August 2015 (benefit types include child of deceased worker, widow with child in care, parent of deceased worker and disabled widow)
Current Method of Tribal Eligibility:There is no specific tribal eligibility.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance Provided:Direct Payment if eligible for Survivors benefits
Recurring Base Funding for Tribes:No
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:96.004
Matching Funds Required:No
Can the funding from the program be renewed:No