The Lifeline Program Can Help More Than You May Realize


A popular program amongst low-income Americans is the Lifeline program. This is a federal program that was designed to help make communication services more affordable. It is able to help by providing a discount every month on telephone services for landlines and wireless options. This program can even offer discounts for broadband internet and voice-broadband bundled services as well! Typically this program will be able to provide up to $9.25 in discounts for qualifying applicants.

How to Determine if I Qualify?

If you are interested in the Lifeline program, your income must be 135% less than what is stated in the federal poverty guidelines. However, you may also be approved for this program if you or someone in your household qualifies for other programs like:

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

When going through the application process, you will need to provide documentation that will verify your income/program status.

How to Enroll for The Lifeline Program?

You can apply online through the National Verifier application system at this URL:

However, there are some states that may not use this system. Most of the time you may also need to mail in an application. Mail-in instructions are highlighted here: