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Lifeline Service

Lifeline Assistance (SLC Discount) is: A co-sponsored federal and local telephone assistance program designed to aid qualifying low-income households on an annual certification basis by providing an ongoing monthly discount on the Federal Subscriber Line Charge and Local Residence Exchange Service.

You may qualify for Lifeline telephone service either because you participate in one of the following programs or because your income is within the income eligibility mandated guidelines (visit for eligibility guidelines). NOTE: You may receive Social Security and Medicare benefits, but to qualify for Lifeline, you must receive benefits from one of the following programs or your income must fall within the guidelines.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • National School Lunch (NSL) free lunch program
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing/Section 8
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

If you live on a tribal land/reservation (as defined in Title 47 — Code of Federal Regulations, Section 54.400(e)), you may qualify for Lifeline if you participate in one of the above programs or one of the following:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Head Start (must meet income-qualifying standard)

Currently, Lifeline telephone service is discounted a total of $10.00 for standard Lifeline customers and $17.75 for Tribal Lifeline Customers.

When applying for Lifeline service, please go to or visit the national verifier website at