Lifeline Assistance Program

Many individuals or low-income families qualify for assistance with telephone charges, but don’t realize that this help is available to them. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, or have a friend for family member in this situation, we encourage you to look into these programs.

The Lifeline Program is designed to reduce the monthly telephone charges for low income-eligible customers. Lifeline Program is only for households with a phone line. Lifeline can save you $9.25 per month depending on where you live.

Eligibility guidelines vary throughout the country. Here in Minnesota, you may be eligible for Lifeline if:

• you, or someone in your household, participates in one of the following federal assistance programs
• Medicaid/Medical Assistance
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP aka Food Stamps)
• Supplemental Security Income
• Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
• Veterans Pension Benefit Program

Note: They are no longer allowing credits for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the National School Free Lunch Program, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (MN Family Investment Program, or MFIP)

Individuals who do not qualify under any of the above but live on or near a federally recognized reservation may qualify for Lifeline Assistance if the applicant receives benefits from at least one of the following programs: •Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance •Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families •Head Start (only for those meeting its income qualifying standard) •National School Lunch Program’s free lunch program

To learn more about Lifeline, visit, or stop by your local BEVCOMM office for more details.

Apply now. Please deliver your completed appliation to your local BEVCOMM office. 
Minnesota Customers: Lifeline Credit Application Form
Wisconsin Customers: Lifeline Credit Application Form