Lifeline and ACP in Minnesota

If you live in Minnesota, your household might qualify for Lifeline and/or the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which will reduce the cost of your monthly phone or broadband services. 

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)?

The ACP is a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) benefits program. If your household is eligible, the ACP offers a monthly discount of up to $30 (up to $75 if you’re living on qualified Tribal land) on your monthly broadband services. Part of the ACP benefits includes a one-time discount of up to $100 toward a smartphone or other internet-capable devices like a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. You may need to pay $10-$50 towards your phone or computer, depending on your service provider.

What is the Lifeline phone program?

Lifeline is an FCC program designed to lower the cost of a monthly phone, internet, or bundled service. If your household is eligible for Lifeline, you’ll receive a $9.25 discount on your monthly phone, internet, or bundled services. If you live on qualifying Tribal lands, you’ll receive a discount of up to $34.25.

How To Get Free Phone Service in Minnesota

If you live in Minnesota and qualify for Lifeline or the ACP, you are eligible for a free Android smartphone from TruConnect as part of their ACP plan. This plan includes free monthly phone service too!

How does the ACP phone program work in Minnesota?

If your household is eligible, then you’ll receive a discount of up to $30 on your monthly phone or internet services, and a one-time discount on an internet-capable device. 

Part of this process includes selecting a participating service provider. 

How does the Lifeline phone program work in Minnesota?

If your household qualifies for Lifeline, you have 90 days to choose a phone or internet company that accepts Lifeline and sign up for service with them. Or you can ask your current service provider to use your Lifeline benefit. 

ACP Qualifications in Minnesota

Your household can qualify for the ACP based on income or program participation.

If your household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you are eligible for the ACP. Here is an income eligibility chart. 

Household Size

48 States, D.C., and Territories

Alaska

Hawaii

1

$27,180

$33,980

$31,260

2

$36,620

$45,780

$42,120

3

$46,060

$57,580

$52,980

4

$55,500

$69,380

$63,840

5

$64,940

$81,180

$74,700

6

$74,380

$92,980

$85,560

7

$83,820

$104,780

$96,420

8

$93,260

$116,580

$107,280

For each additional person, add: 

$9,440

$11,800

$10,860

 

If a member of your household participates in one of the following government assistance programs, that qualifies your household for the ACP.

  1. Lifeline

  2. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which used to be called Food Stamps

  3. Medicaid

  4. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  5. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  6. Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)

  7. Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

  8. School Lunch or Breakfast program, which includes USDA Community Eligibility Provision schools

  9. Federal Pell Grant program recipient in the current year

 

Lifeline Qualifications in Minnesota 

Your household can qualify for Lifeline in Minnesota based on either income or if a member of your household participates in a government assistance program. Here is an income eligibility chart for Lifeline. 

Household Size

48 States, D.C., and Territories

Alaska

Hawaii

1

$18,347

$22,937

$21,101

2

$24,719

$30,902

$28,431

3

$31,091

$38,867

$35,762

4

$37,463

$46,832

$43,092

5

$43,835

$54,797

$50,423

6

$50,207

$62,762

$57,753

7

$56,579

$70,727

$65,084

8

$62,951

$78,692

$72,414

Add for each additional person: 

$6,372

$7,965

$7,331

 

If you or a member of your household participates in one of the following programs, this qualifies your household for Lifeline.

  1. SNAP

  2. Medicaid

  3. SSI

  4. FPHA

  5. Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

  6. Tribal assistance programs like the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (if you qualify by income), Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

 

Lifeline Phone Program Application in Minnesota

Click here to apply for Lifeline. 

 

Affordable Connectivity Program Application in Minnesota

Click here to apply to the ACP.

 

How to Connect with TruConnect in Minnesota

If you qualify for Lifeline or the ACP in Minnesota, you’re eligible for TruConnect’s FREE plans which include at least 12.5 GB of 4G/LTE data WITH Wi-Fi hotspot capacity. These plans include a free Android smartphone (subject to availability), unlimited talk and text, and free international calling!

TruConnect is also proud to offer you their app, MyTruConnect, which will allow you to:

  1. Manage your account easily.

  2. Top Up your international minutes or data if you run out.

  3. Upgrade your device.

  4. Earn rewards that turn into free minutes and data.

  5. Find hotspot locations.

Click here to download MyTruConnect now!

 

Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program FAQs in Minnesota 

Are the Affordable Connectivity Program and the Lifeline phone programs legitimate?

Yes, these programs are both legitimate. Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) are both Federally funded programs, administered through the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC). Lifeline and the ACP are both Federal Communication Commission (FCC) programs. The FCC is an independent U.S. Government Agency that regulates communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in the U.S. 

Is the ACP program permanent? 

The ACP is part of a new, long-term 14 billion dollar program designed to help low-income households gain access to phone and internet services. 

How do I get a free US government phone?

You can get a free phone through service providers, like TruConnect, who participate in the ACP. The free phone doesn’t come from the government. You will receive a one-time discount of up to $100 on a smartphone or another internet-capable device through the ACP that you can use with a participating service provider. Some service providers may charge you $10-$50, but TruConnect offers a free android smartphone with their free ACP monthly phone service plan. 

Can you have ACP and Lifeline at the same time? 

Yes, if you qualify for Lifeline, that automatically qualifies you for the ACP. However, the income requirements are different for each program. You qualify for Lifeline if your income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. However, for the ACP, the income requirement is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, so you may qualify for the ACP without qualifying for Lifeline. 

Is EBB and Lifeline the same program?

No, they are different programs. Lifeline is a monthly discount on phone or broadband, or bundled voice/broadband services. The EBB has been replaced with the ACP. The ACP offers a similar monthly discount on monthly broadband services, along with a one-time discount on an internet-capable device. If you qualify for Lifeline, you also qualify for the ACP, though you will still need to enroll.