Lifeline Program



Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Sponsoring Organization

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)


Offers a monthly federal benefit designed to make phone or internet services more affordable and accessible to low-income households. The discount can be used to help pay for home or mobile phone service or for high-speed broadband connection.

Amount of Funding

Eligible participants may receive up to $9.25 monthly for phone or internet service. Individuals living on tribal lands may receive up to $34.25 per month.

Who Can Apply

Individuals may apply if they meet one of the following qualifying factors:

  • Their income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines
  • Anyone in their household participates in Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or the Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit programs
  • Their child or dependent participates in one of the qualifying federal assistance programs
  • They live on federally recognized tribal lands
  • Anyone in their household participates in Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance or other federal assistance programs available to Native American individuals and families

A full list of qualifying factors is available on the program website. Eligible participants may receive one Lifeline benefit per household. Benefits are not granted on a per person basis. The discount may be used for either phone or internet but cannot be applied to both services.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building

Application Process

Application instructions and other information about the application process can be found on the program website.


For general program questions or for help finding a local service provider:
Lifeline Support Center

For service questions or issues contact your local service provider.

Topics This Program Addresses

Social Services • Teleservices and Technology