What is Lifeline?

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and Internet for qualifying customers.

You can get one Lifeline discount (phone or Internet, but not both) per household, not per person, and a household can get a Lifeline discount from only one provider.

Do I qualify?

You may qualify for a Lifeline discount based on:
1. Your income - You may be eligible for a Lifeline discount if your income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines.

- OR -
2. Participation by you or someone else in your household in one of the following federal assistance programs:
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as 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)

Qualifying customers will need to recertify every year to maintain their Lifeline discount. You’ll need to do this within 60 days of notification, or you’ll lose your Lifeline discount.

How do I apply?

Please apply online via the National Verifier You can also download and print a copy of the application. Once you have applied and been approved by the National Verifier, eligible customers will receive a discount applied to their bill.