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Do I Qualify?

Do I Qualify?

A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income internet program
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs:
    - The National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
    - SNAP
    - Medicaid
    - Federal Public Housing Assistance
    - Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    - WIC
    - Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
    - or Lifeline
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands:
    - Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance 
    - Tribal TANF
    - Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    - Tribal Head Start (income based)

Only one free monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. Program rules acknowledge there may be more than one eligible household residing at the same address.

Qualify Through Your Child or Dependent

Any member of your household can make your household eligible. For example, if your child or dependent participates in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program, your household qualifies for the Free Internet Benefit.

If You Already Receive Lifeline Benefits

Lifeline is a program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. If you currently receive Lifeline benefits, Medicaid, you automatically qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and you can receive both benefits at the same time. You can apply your Free Internet Benefit and your Lifeline benefit to the same or separate services.

If You Use SNAP, Medicaid, or Other Programs

You can receive the Free Internet Benefit if you (or someone in your household) participates in one of these federal assistance programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Tribal Specific Programs:

    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance,
    • Tribal Head Start (only households meeting the relevant income qualifying standard),
    • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at US Department of Agriculture Community Eligibility Provision schools
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year

You may need to show a card, letter, or official document as proof that you participate in one of these programs when you apply for the Free Internet Benefit.