About the Lifeline Program

Lifeline is a federal program that subsidizes the monthly cost of phone and internet. Eligible customers residing on non-tribal lands may get up to $9.25 toward their monthly bill, but eligible customers on tribal lands may get up to $34.25 toward their monthly bill. You may use Lifeline for either phone or internet, but not both. The Lifeline program provides access to emergency services, health care, child care, education, employment opportunities, and more to those who need it most.

Please note that the National Lifeline Association (NaLA) is not a Lifeline service provider. You can view Lifeline service providers here.

Do I Qualify for Lifeline?

There are two ways you can qualify for Lifeline: by program participation or by income.

Qualifying by Program

If you are currently a recipient of any of the approved government assistance programs listed below you may qualify for Lifeline.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Tribal Programs¬†(and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands)
Learn More About Qualifying by Program

Qualifying by Income

If your total household income is at or below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by your state and/or the federal government, you may qualify for Lifeline service. To receive your Lifeline discount based on total household income, you must provide copies of proof documents.

View Federal Poverty Guidelines
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Interested in Applying for Lifeline?

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How Do I Apply For Lifeline?

Applying for Lifeline is simple. There are just three easy steps.

Apply online or by mail through the National Verifier.

Contact a Lifeline Service Provider (Find a Lifeline Provider Near You)

Enroll and begin receiving your Lifeline benefit!

You will need to provide proof of identification, proof of address, and proof of eligibility when applying for Lifeline.

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