If you are not enrolled in one of the qualifying programs, you may qualify for Lifeline based on your household income. Qualifying based on household income requires you to present proof of your income. One of the items listed to the right may be used for proof.
Household is defined as "any individual or group of individuals who are living together
at the same address as one economic unit".
Economic unit is defined as "all adult individuals contributing to and sharing in the income and expenses of a household".
You can also qualify for Lifeline benefits if you are enrolled in a qualifying government assistance program.
Any documentation that you provide as proof of your household income will NOT be retained by your Lifeline cell phone service provider. After review, it will be destroyed.
Documentation of Income Eligibility
In order for you to qualify for Lifeline benefits based on your household income being at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you must provide proof of household income.
Acceptable forms of proof of income are:
- The prior year's state, federal, or Tribal tax return
- Three consecutive months worth of income statements from an employer or paycheck stubs within the current calendar year
- Social Security statement of benefits
- Veterans Administration statement of benefits
- Retirement / Pension statement of benefits
- Unemployment / Workman's Compensation statement of benefits
- Federal or Tribal notice letter of participation in General Assistance
- Divorce decree, child support award, or other official financial document containing income information for at least three month's time.
If you present documentation of income that does not cover a full year, such as current pay stubs, you must present three consecutive months worth of the same types of document within that calendar year.