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Eligibility Requirements

Discounts are available for one telephone line per eligible household. A household is everyone (including children and people who are not related to you) who lives in your home and shares income and household expenses.

Use this worksheet to determine if more than one household resides at your address. The worksheet must be completed any time more than one person at the same address receives a discount on telephone service, or when a new applicant applies for service at an address where there is already a subscriber.

You may be eligible for a discount if:

  • You or someone in your household participates in one of the following federal assistance programs:
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8;
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps;
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);
    • Medicaid;
    • National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and receives lunch through the program;
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
    • Any additional qualifying program established by your state; or
  • Your household income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

You may also be eligible for a discount if:

  • You reside on Tribal lands (any federally recognized Indian tribe's reservation, Pueblo, or Colony including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions, Hawaiian Home Lands, and Indian Allotments) and you participate in any of the above federal assistance programs; or
  • You, or someone in your household, participates in one of the following assistance programs:
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance,
    • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard),
    • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), or
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.

To apply for a discount, you must contact your telecommunications company or designated state agency directly. You cannot apply to the Lifeline Program through USAC.