On February 6, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission produced a Reform Order for the Lifeline
assistance program, making much needed corrections to the communications assistance program. The reform
created a default set of eligibility requirements, yet allowed the states to create their own added
criteria for eligibility.
You may qualify to get Lifeline benefits if you presently are enrolled in at least 1 of these baseline ass't programs shown below or, if your household income is no greater than 135% of the federal poverty amount (see table below). Your state could have additional programs not listed here which could also be a qualification.
To receive a federal lifeline subsidy because of program eligility, you'll need to show some proof of participation for that program. To receive benefits because of your low household* income, you will need to provide proof of income.
If you are not enrolled in one of the above programs, use the table shown below to calculate your elibility for your income. You will be requested to show current documentation that proves your household* income.
|# People||Lower 48
|Each Person After 8||$5,427||$6,237||$6,791|
Source: The Federal Register
*Household is a person or group of people living at the same physical address sharing expenses and contributing to income.
Many states have additional programs that can qualify you for this Lifeline discount. Some have higher income levels allowed as well. For instance, in Texas, your income can be up to 150% of the poverty amount. So, be sure to verify qualifications with your state's requirements before making a determination of your ability to get Lifeline. You can click the "Order my Phone" tab above then click on the button for your state to see additional information.
See the USAC website to get more details regarding Lifeline.