How To Qualify

1. Program-Based

You can qualify for California Lifeline if you or another person in your household is enrolled in any one of the following public-assistance programs:

  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Fed era l Veteran's and Survivor Pension Benefits
  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) National School Lunch Program (NSL) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs) Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
  • Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) Tribal TANF
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations


2.  Income-Based

You can qualify for California Lifeline if your household's total annual gross income is at or less than these annual income limits:

  1. Front page only of prior year's state (540, 540A, 540 2EZ, 540NR, or 540X), federal (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, 1040SS, or 1040X), or tribal tax return,
  2. Income statements or paycheck stubs for 3 consecutive months within the past 12 months,
  3. Statement of benefits from Social Security, Veterans Administration, retirement/pension, Unemployment Compensation, and/or Workmen's Compensation,
  4. Alimony and/or child support documents, and/or
  5. Other official documents.
California Lifeline Income Guidelines*
Household Size Annual Income Limit
1-2 $27,500
3 $31,900
4 $38,800
Each Additional Member $6,900
* Effective June 7, 2019 to May 31, 2020