There are two ways to qualify for the Lifeline Program.
If your household's income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, you may be eligible for a Lifeline Program benefit.
Look up whether your income qualifies on the federal poverty guidelines eligibility chart. If your income is at or below the amount listed for your household's size and location, your household may be eligible for a Lifeline Program benefit.
If someone in your household participates in one of these federal programs, you may be eligible for a Lifeline Program benefit:
Notice: As of December 2, 2016, customers can no longer use the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or the NSLP free lunch program to prove their eligibility for Lifeline.
For more information on eligible programs and acceptable forms of documentation, please visit the Verify Subscriber Eligibility page.
Only one Lifeline Program benefit (either wireless or landline telephone, home internet or a cell phone data plan) is allowed per household. The definition of a "household" is anyone living at an address (including children, relatives, people not related to you, etc.) who share income(s) and household expenses.
Use this questionnaire to determine if you are one household.
Your company will use a Household Worksheet to determine if more than one household resides at your address. The worksheet must be completed when any new customer applies for a Lifeline Program benefit at an address where a benefit is already being received.
If you reside on Tribal lands and participate in one of these programs, you may be eligible for an additional $25 per month of Lifeline support, plus the Tribal Link-Up benefit:
Tribal lands include any federally recognized Indian tribe's reservation, Pueblo, or colony, including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions, Hawaiian Home Lands, or Indian Allotments.
To apply for the benefit, contact your company and ask if they participate in Lifeline, or find a company that does. You should not contact USAC to apply for the benefit. See the Apply for Lifeline page for the three steps you need to take to apply for the Lifeline Program.