Enhanced Tribal Benefit

Low-income consumers on Tribal lands can receive a Lifeline discount of up to $34.25 per month, and up to a $100 reduction for first-time connection charges for Lifeline service at their primary residence.

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Enhanced Monthly Support

Low-income consumers who qualify for enhanced Lifeline support can receive a discount of up to $25 per month in addition to the standard federal benefit of up to $9.25 if they live on Tribal lands.

Service providers must pass the full Tribal lands support amount through to the subscriber.

Tribal Link Up

Link Up assistance provides a 100% reduction (up to $100) of the charge for starting voice only service at a Tribal Lifeline subscriber’s primary residence. Link Up is available to subscribers who reside on Tribal lands and use a facilities-based service provider that receives High Cost program support. Link Up is a one-time benefit per address; subscribers can request Link Up once for each change of primary residential address.

For service initiation charges of up to $200, Link Up also provides a deferred, no-interest payment plan to the subscriber for up to one year.

Service providers can only claim reimbursement for the difference between the customary connection/interest charge and the actual charge.

Before providing Link Up to the subscriber, check the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) to confirm whether they have previously received a Link Up benefit at their address.

Eligible Tribal Lands

For a nationwide map showing all Tribal lands eligible for enhanced Lifeline support go to:

Tribal lands shown on the nationwide map above include:

USAC has developed a mapping tool in the NLAD for service providers to use to determine if a Lifeline applicant resides on Tribal lands.

Tribal Partner Access to Lifeline Systems

Lifeline provides Tribal partners with access to the National Verifier to help consumers submit online Lifeline applications, upload eligibility or other documentation (as needed), and track the status of applications.

For more information on how to receive access to either system, review the Account Types page.

Resources to Resolve System Errors Related to Tribal Benefit

National Verifier

If a consumer who is seeking the enhanced Tribal benefit receives an Address Management Service (AMS) error, they must provide USAC with coordinates, or information that allows USAC to determine coordinates, to validate that they live on Tribal lands.

To help consumers resolve AMS errors during the application process, review the National Verifier AMS Resolution Guide.


To enroll a consumer in NLAD with the enhanced Tribal benefit, select “Yes” for NLAD’s “Lifeline Tribal Benefit?” field.

For more information on how to resolve errors associated with the Tribal Benefit flag during the enrollment process, visit the Dispute Resolution webpage.

Additional Resources

Upcoming Training

USAC’s Lifeline team is hosting quarterly webinars for Tribal stakeholders (e.g., Tribal governments and government agencies and nonprofits serving Tribal communities) to ensure these partners remain informed about any applicable program changes or updates.

The webinar dates and links to register are below. Please feel free to share the registration pages with colleagues and Tribal networks.

Although the host’s email address is listed on the registration page, please contact Gem Labarta, USAC’s Tribal Liaison, at TribalLiaison@usac.org with any questions about these events.

Previous Training

Educational Material for Tribal Consumers

  • For more information about how Tribal consumers can apply and manage their benefit, review the Tribal Flyer
  • Download the Tribal Toolkit for a compilation of educational resources about the Lifeline program for Tribal consumers