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If you are currently participating in government assistance program, you are probably qualified to receive government assistance for your cell phone service.

The qualifying programs vary by state. In general, the Federal default qualifications are:


  • Temporary Ass't to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Ass't Pgm (LIHEAP)
  • SNAP - Food Stamps
  • Federal Public Housing Ass't (Section 8)
  • Nat'l School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Head Start (income eligible)
  • Food Distr. Pgm on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Tribally Administered TANF
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Household Income (most states require income less than 135% of the poverty level)

Read more about the Lifeline Program and its qualifications.

See the state specific qualifications on the individual application forms.


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