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 a family member in this situation, we encourage you to look into these programs.

The Lifeline Program is designed to reduce the monthly telephone or broadband charges for low income-eligible customers. Lifeline Program is only for households with a phone line or Internet service with qualifying speeds (must be greater than 10x1 Mb). Lifeline can save you up to $9.25 per month depending on where you live.

Eligibility guidelines vary throughout the country. You may be eligible for Lifeline if you, or someone in your household, participate 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.

Minnesota Residents accepting Lifeline: You will automatically be enrolled in the TAP Program as required by the Minnesota Law and the applicable Commission Orders. 

 Lifeline credits may be used to reduce the price of broadband Internet service in addition to reducing the price of landline service, but TAP credits may only be used to reduce the price of landline service. 

Apply now. Please deliver your completed application to your local BEVCOMM office.

Lifeline Credit Application Form

Lifeline Program Household Worksheet