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Income Eligibility

Consumers may qualify for the Lifeline Program if they participate in a qualifying program or have a gross household income at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

The table below reflects 135% of the 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). Service providers must update their processes and begin using the 2020 FPG by the end of Q1 (Tuesday, March 31, 2020).

Household Size 48 Contiguous States, DC, & Territories Alaska Hawaii
1 person $17,226 $21,533 $19,818
2 people $23,274 $29,093 $26,771
3 people $29,322 $36,653 $33,723
4 people $35,370 $44,213 $40,676
5 people $41,418 $51,773 $47,628
6 people $47,466 $59,333 $54,581
7 people $53,514 $66,893 $61,533
8 people $59,562 $74,453 $68,486
For each additional person, add $6,048 $7,560 $6,953

Note: The Federal Poverty Guidelines are adjusted annually, and the above chart reflects guidelines for 2020.

A list of requirements for documentation demonstrating income eligibility can be found on the National Verifier Acceptable Documentation page.