Eligibility Requirements for Free Cell Phone
The Lifeline Assistance program is available in all states, territories, commonwealth and Tribal lands to low-income subscribers. To qualify for a free cell phone and service, your income must either be at or below 135%* of the federal poverty guidelines, or you must already be enrolled and participating in one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met)
- State assistance programs (if applicable)
Qualifying for free cellular service through the government is easy if you already are enrolled in one of the above programs, because you won't have to prove your income. However, if you are not already a part of any of these programs but are below the income guidelines, you can still qualify with a littler paperwork.
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*Some states require that your income levels be at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for a government subsidized cell phone.