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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 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG).

Household Size 48 Contiguous States, DC, & Territories Alaska Hawaii
1 person $17,388 $21,722 $20,007
2 people $23,517 $29,390 $27,054
3 people $29,646 $37,058 $34,101
4 people $35,775 $44,726 $41,148
5 people $41,904 $52,394 $48,195
6 people $48,033 $60,062 $55,242
7 people $54,162 $67,730 $62,289
8 people $60,291 $75,398 $69,336
For each additional person, add $6,129 $7,668 $7,047

Note: The Federal Poverty Guidelines are adjusted annually, and the above chart reflects guidelines for 2021.

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