Enhanced Tribal Benefit
Households who qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and are located on qualifying Tribal lands can receive:
- Up to a $75/month discount on your internet service, and
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50).
Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. Program rules acknowledge there may be more than one eligible household residing at the same address.
Do I Qualify for the Enhanced Tribal Benefit?
Your household can receive the enhanced benefit if:
- Your household is located on qualifying Tribal lands, AND
- Your household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines OR any member of your household:
- Participates in the Lifeline program, or
- Participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, or
- Participates in one of several Tribal specific programs:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance,
- Tribal Head Start (only households meeting the relevant income qualifying standard),
- Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), or
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations,
- Receives Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assistance, or
- Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year, or
- Received approval for benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-20, 2020-21, or 2021-22 school year, or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating company’s existing low-income program, and that provider received FCC approval for its eligibility verification process.
Learn more on our Do I Qualify? page.
Note: If you already participate in the Lifeline program, you are automatically qualified for the ACP and you do not need to apply and prove your eligibility a second time. Talk to your internet company about how to receive ACP discounts. If you qualify for both programs, you can choose to receive the Lifeline benefit from one company and the ACP benefit from a different company. Find a participating company near you.
If you already participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, you do not need to fill out another application unless requested by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
What are Qualifying Tribal Lands?
Your internet company can help determine whether your address is on Tribal lands. For informational purposes, a nationwide map is available showing Tribal lands eligible for enhanced support. The ACP uses the same definition for Tribal lands as the FCC’s Lifeline program (as defined in 47 CFR §54.400 (e)). Tribal lands shown on the nationwide map include:
- Any federally recognized Indian tribe’s reservation, pueblo, or colony,
- Former reservations in Oklahoma,
- Alaska Native regions established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (view maps: 2010 U.S. Census American Indians and Alaska Natives Map – Alaska, State of Alaska ANCSA Boundaries Map),
- Indian allotments,
- Hawaiian Home Lands (view map: 2010 U.S. Census Hawaiian Homelands), and
- Any land approved as Tribal for the purposes of the Lifeline program or the EBB Program by the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy and Wireline Competition Bureau.
For additional file formats, visit Lifeline’s Tribal Lands page.
Tips for Applicants
- Remember to click the ‘Confirm Tribal Qualification’ button on the online application.
- On the paper application, check the ‘Tribal Lands’ box.
- Prove your identity by providing the last four digits of your Social Security Number, your Tribal ID, or identity documents. For examples of acceptable identity documents, look at the “Identity Verification” section of our Show You Qualify page.
- Check the program’s definition of a household, as multiple households could reside at the same address.
- If you do not have or know your street address, our online application has a pin-drop system. You can also provide an address description.
- If you qualify for the ACP but your household is not on qualifying Tribal lands, you can still receive the non-Tribal discount of up to $30 per month on internet service and the one-time $100 device discount.
You can apply online or with the assistance of your internet company.