State Specific Information

Lifeline Program

To ensure eligible Americans have access to critical communication services the Federal Communication Commission established the Lifeline Assistance service in 1985. Lifeline is a government benefit program. Over 32 million households are eligible to receive free communication services for safety, economic viability, and connection to their families & communities.

If you, or one of your dependents, participate in one of these programs, your household may be eligible for the federal government Lifeline supported benefits.

Online Application

Lifeline Phone Service


Government Programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Medicaid Veterans Pension or Survivors Benefit
Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Tribally Administered TANF Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
Tribally Administered Head Start (Meeting the income-qualifying standards of Head Start)

Choose your state from the column on the right to see any State Specific Programs.


You may also qualify based on Income.

Income Guidelines*

Persons in Household Income Persons in Household Income
1 $16,281 5 $38,853
2 $21,924 6 $44,496
3 $27,567 7 $50,139
4 $33,210 8 $55,782

For 9+ people, Add $5,643 for each additional person.

*Based on 135% of the 2017 Federal Poverty Guideline.
Note: Some states have different income guidelines.