Although payments from the Social Security Administration in the United States, whether for Disability or non-Disability beneficiaries, are on a specific schedule, sometimes there can be irregularities. These small irregularities usually do not greatly affect the day of payment, but sometimes it can delay a check for an entire week. Therefore, we need to be alert to know if our benefit will arrive later than usual.
In this regard, it doesn’t matter if the check is for Disability, widowhood or even old age retirement. The important thing in this case is the group of retirees to which we belong. But the type of retirement does not determine the group of retirees. This is determined on the one hand by the year of retirement and on the other by the day of birth. So if we know these two data we will be able to determine which group we are in.
Group 1 retirees already have their February Social Security money available. In fact, the payment for Disability and other retirees arrived earlier for group 1 this month, since the payment left the offices on the 2nd of February when the normal date is the 3rd. But the rest of the retirees will receive their benefits a week later. Do you know which group of retirees you belong to?
Social Security Payment Schedule for February 2024
There are two major groups of retirees within Social Security payments. The first of these groups is made up of pre-1997 beneficiaries. This group has no subdivisions and all get payment on the 3rd of each month, except when that day is a holiday or weekend. In that case, the payment arrives on the immediately preceding business day.
On the other hand, the second large group is the group of retirees after the same year. This group of retirees has a subdivision. Thus, beneficiaries after 1997, due to Disability or other reasons, can get the payment on the second, third or fourth Wednesday of each month. And it is this rule that means that in February we find ourselves with the payment a little later.
Since February starts on a Thursday, the first week is only a few days old. This makes the first Wednesday of the month in the second week. Therefore, it is not until the third week that the third Wednesday of the month arrives. This makes post-1997 disability beneficiaries have to wait a little longer to have the money available.
Therefore, the schedule for these payments will be as follows:
- February 14th. Payment for retirees with birthdays between the 1st and 10th of the month.
- February 21st. Retirees with birthdays between the 11th and the 20th of the month.
- February 28th. Disability beneficiaries with birthdays between the 21st and 31st get payment on this day.
To this birthday requirement we must also add the requirement of having had the check since after 1997. Also, this is the day on which the Social Security Administration sends out the check. This is important, since if we want to get the check on the same day it is mandatory to activate Direct Deposit as a collection method. Otherwise, the money will take a few days to arrive regardless of whether it is for Disability or other reasons.