Lifeline Program

The Lifeline Program is a federal program that provides a monthly discount on phone or internet service to eligible households. The discount can significantly lower your monthly bill. Lifeline is limited to one benefit per household.

How to qualify for a Lifeline Program discount

You must participate in at least one of the following programs or be below the Federal Poverty Guidelines to be eligible for a Lifeline Program discount:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit programs
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
  • Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standards)

Contact us now to see if you’re eligible. 1-800-478-3211

*Some restrictions and conditions apply. Does not include taxes and surcharges. Visit an MTA store or for a Lifeline application. Go to for information on getting started with Lifeline. Lifeline is a government benefit program. Consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain the benefit can be punished by fine, imprisonment or can be barred from the program. Only eligible consumers may enroll in the program; documentation is necessary for enrollment; and the program is limited to one benefit per household.

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Lifeline Application

Lifeline Household Worksheet

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