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Benefits for Beneficiaries of Members who die in Deferred Membership Status

When a Deferred Member dies, that Member's Beneficiary is eligible to receive a return of the deceased Member's contributions and interest. This benefit can be paid as a one-time lump-sum or in monthly payments paid over a period not to exceed 10 years. A monthly continuance benefit is not available.

The only exception is if the Deferred Member was an Active Member with a reciprocal agency at the time of their death and the Member's death was not work-related. In this circumstance, the Member's Beneficiary is eligible to receive the same benefit as if the Deferred Member died as an Active SDCERA Member. (See For Active Member Beneficiaries.)