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Lifeline Eligibility / How to Qualify

Qualify to Lifeline Program

How do I qualify for the Lifeline Program?

Only eligible individuals may enroll in the Lifeline program. Lifeline service is limited to only one wireless or landline Lifeline benefit per household. You also cannot receive Lifeline benefits from multiple service providers.

According to the Lifeline program, a household is defined as “any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses.” You may be eligible if you live at an address that consists of multiple households, such as a nursing home or homeless shelter. You may also be eligible if your address is temporary.

Eligibility for Lifeline varies by state, however, eligibility can be easily determined if you meet one of the two qualification criteria below:

  1. You participate in a government assistance program
    (see programs by selecting your state below).
  2. Your total household income meets your state’s Federal Poverty Guidelines
    (see the income chart below).

Select your state below to determine your eligibility for Lifeline, or refer to the income chart below.

SELECT YOUR STATE:

1  GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS

You may qualify for Lifeline if you participate in one of the following government programs:

2 TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME

You may also be eligible for Lifeline if your total household income is at or below your state’s Federal Poverty Guidelines. Federal guidelines may vary by state. Refer to the chart below to see your state’s income guidelines and see if you qualify.

The amounts listed in the chart below shows the maximum total household income you can earn in order to be eligible for Lifeline. Your income must be at or below the guidelines to qualify.

The current Federal Poverty Guidelines are as follows:

People in Household AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI AZ, KS, MI, NM, OH, TX California Nevada Vermont
Annual
Income
Monthly
Income
Annual
Income
Monthly
Income
Annual
Income
Annual
Income
Annual
Income
1 $15,889 $1,324 $17,655 $1,471 $25,500 $20,598 You are 65 or older on June 15, 2015 and your 2014 household* income was less than $27,528.
2 $21,505 $1,792 $23,895 $1,991 $25,500 $27,878
3 $27,121 $2,260 $30,135 $2,511 $29,700 $35,158
4 $32,737 $2,728 $36,375 $3,031 $35,900 $42,438  
5 $38,353 $3,196 $42,615 $3,551 $42,100 $49,718 You are under 65 on June 15, 2015 and your 2014 household* income was less than $23,596.
6 $43,969 $3,664 $48,855 $4,071 $48,300 $56,998
7 $49,585 $4,132 $55,095 $4,591 $54,500 $64,278
8 $55,201 $4,600 $61,335 $5,111 $60,700 $71,558  
For each additional person, add $5,616 $468 $6,240 $520 $6,200 $7,280 *This includes any household size.
This chart is based on 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines may vary by state and is subject to change.
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