What Does SASSA ‘Age Out Of Range’ SRD Grant Status Mean?

The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) aims to provide temporary financial relief to unemployed South Africans facing economic distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters.

If your SRD application is rejected with the status “Age Out of Range”, it can be confusing to interpret at first glance.

This article will comprehensively explain what this specific status code means, outline the exact age requirements for the SRD grant, and suggest alternative social grant options if you fall outside the eligible age bracket.

SRD Grant Age Limit Requirements

When applying for the R350 SRD monthly grant, SASSA stipulates that applicants must fall between certain minimum and maximum age limits to qualify.

According to current SRD grant regulations as of February 2023, eligible recipients must be:

  • Age 18 or above – only adult individuals who are 18 years and older qualify. Applicants below 18 are excluded.
  • Below age 60 – applicants must not yet have reached their 60th birthday to qualify. Individuals aged 60+ do not qualify.

These age parameters help target the SRD grant at unemployed, working-age adults between 18 and 59 who lost a substantial portion of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impacts or other recognized disaster events.

The grant is not intended for minors or elderly individuals who may qualify for other specialized social grants instead.

What Does the “Age Out of Range” Status Code Mean?

When your SRD grant application is rejected or unsuccessful with the status shown as “Age Out of Range”, it means your age falls outside the defined qualifying bracket of 18 to 59 years old.

There are two scenarios where this status arises:

1. Applicants Below 18 Years Old

If you are 17 years old or younger, you are considered underage for the SRD grant program. SASSA’s automated application system will automatically decline applications and flag the “Age Out of Range” status for applicants identifying as below 18.

2. Applicants Aged 60 Years or Older

Once you reach your 60th birthday and are 60 years or older, you now exceed the set upper age limit for the temporary SRD grant eligibility. Any applications you submit when aged 60+ will be automatically rejected and marked with the “Age Out of Range” status code.

Alternative Social Grant Options Available

If your SRD grant application is unsuccessful and you receive the “Age Out of Range” rejection status because of your age, you may still qualify for other specialized SASSA social grants instead.

Aged 17 Years or Younger:

  • A parent or legal guardian can submit an application on your behalf for the Child Support Grant until you turn 18. This provides up to R470 per month in financial assistance for eligible children.
  • Foster Child Grants are also available through a foster care order application if you are a minor legally placed in foster care due to safety risks.

Aged 60 Years or Older:

  • Submit an application for the Older Person’s Grant for South Africans aged 60 and above. This grant provides up to R1990 per month for qualifying elderly applicants.
  • If you have a confirmed severe permanent or temporary disability, apply for the Disability Grant worth up to R1970 per month.
  • War veterans over 60 who meet requirements can apply for the War Veteran’s Grant provided by SASSA.

Next Application Steps If You Fall Outside the Age Range

If SASSA informs you that your SRD grant application was unsuccessful and marked as “Age Out of Range”, take the following next steps:

  • Confirm your actual age to verify that the status code is correct.
  • If you are under 18 years old, have an adult parent or legal guardian apply for the Child Support Grant on your behalf.
  • If you are 60 years or older, submit an Older Person’s Grant application as soon as possible as your new alternative.
  • Gather all the necessary documents, proofs and information required for your new grant application.
  • Ensure you fully meet the eligibility criteria for the age-relevant social grant you are applying for.
  • Submit your complete grant application through SASSA’s online portal, at your nearest SASSA office, or via email based on the preferred application channel.
  • Follow up promptly with SASSA if your new grant application also faces rejection for any reason. Query the specific reasons and resolve where possible.

The Bottom Line

Meeting the defined age requirements between 18 and 59 years old is essential to qualify for South Africa’s special Social Relief of Distress grant program.

Falling outside the minimum or maximum age cut-offs leads to automatic rejection with the status “Age Out of Range”. But alternative social grants are still available through SASSA for both younger and older age groups if you meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

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