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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.

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 federally-recognized 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 telecommunications service at a Tribal Lifeline subscriber’s primary residence. Link Up is available to subscribers who reside on federally-recognized 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 federally-recognized Tribal lands eligible for enhanced Lifeline support go to:

Federally-recognized 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.

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 Tribal Benefit Resolution web page.