The Lifeline & Affordable Connectivity Programs
The Lifeline Program
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of essential phone or internet services. Eligible customers may get up to $9.25 ($34.25 for Tribal consumers) toward their monthly bill, depending on region and eligibility. This program helps ease the burden of monthly phone bills for qualified individuals and their families by subsidizing monthly talk, text, and data.
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
ACP is a limited-time federal program that lowers the monthly cost of essential phone or internet services for low-income households. Eligible consumers get a discount of up to $30 ($75 for Tribal consumers) toward their monthly bill. Consumers can participate in ACP separately from Lifeline or both discounts can be credited to the same service provider.
Please note that the National Lifeline Association (NaLA) is not a Lifeline service provider. You can view Lifeline service providers here.
Interested in Applying for Lifeline?
Do I Qualify for Lifeline?
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
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
- Tribal Assistance Programs (For individuals living on federally-recognized Tribal lands.)
Learn More About Applying for Lifeline
How Do I Apply For Lifeline and/or ACP?
Applying for Lifeline is simple. There are just three easy steps.
You will need to provide proof of identification, proof of address, and proof of eligibility when applying for Lifeline.
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!