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Discount on your phone or internet service

Lifeline | Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

1. How it Works

Lifeline is a federal program that gives up to a $9.25 monthly discount on phone or internet service. You can only use Lifeline for either phone or internet, but not both.

  • To get the Lifeline discount, you can either:
    • Check if your current phone or internet company offers the Lifeline discount, or
    • Enroll in service with a phone or internet company that offers the Lifeline discount.
  • Your eligibility for Lifeline will be checked automatically every year.
  • Only one Lifeline discount is available per household.

2. Determine your eligibility

You are eligible for Lifeline if you can answer yes to any of the questions below.

  1. Does someone in your household participate in one of these programs?
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Medicaid
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  2. Is your income equal to or less than the income requirements?
Household size Income in a year
1 $18,347
2 $24,719
3 $31,091
4 $37,463
5 $43,835
6 $50,207
7 $56,579
8 $62,951
For each additional person, add: $6,372

 

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3. What you need to include

You will need a social security number (SSN) to apply.

You will also need to give proof of income or proof of program participation.

Proof of program participation

Prove that you or someone in your household participates in one of these:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit

Submit one document that includes all of the following:

  • Your name, your child’s name, or the name of a dependent who participates in the program
  • The name of the program
  • The agency that issued the document
  • An issue date within the last 12 months or a future expiration date that aligns with the benefit period

Proof of household income

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  1. Complete the online application on the National Verifier.
  2. Once you are approved for Lifeline, enroll in the Lifeline program with a participating phone or internet company. Visit a company in-store, or contact one online or by phone.

Apply online

Apply by mail

Apply by phone

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the Lifeline website

lifelinesupport.org

Email Lifeline

Email LifelineSupport@usac.org for questions about your application or to have an application mailed to you.

Call Lifeline

Call 800-234-9473 for questions about your application or to have an application mailed to you.

Last Updated Wednesday, June 15th, 12:13pm

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