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Applying for Social Security Benefits

Individuals should contact the Social Security Office to apply for benefits, at least three months prior to their benefits beginning. Benefits may begin as early as age 62 (related to retirement) or age 60 (related to widow(er) benefits). Individuals should consult with the Social Security Office to confirm their eligibility and the best age to begin benefits. Individuals do not have to be retired from Michigan State University to begin receiving benefits.

There are multiple ways to apply for Social Security Benefits:

  1. Connect to the Social Security website at to apply online.
  2. For an appointment (telephone or in person), call Social Security at 800-772-1213.   If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call the "TTY" number at 800-325-0778 for assistance.
  3. Use the Social Security Locator or call Social Security to find a local office in your region.  The Lansing office is available at 877-512-5944, and 5210 Perry Robinson, Lansing, MI  48911.



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