Did you know that food stamps recipients can also qualify for discounted internet service? Yes, that’s right! If you are currently receiving food stamps, you can receive a monthly discount on home and WIFI internet service through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). In this article, we will break down exactly how you can get $10 Internet with Food Stamps.
How to get $10 Internet with Food Stamps
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to find out how to qualify for $10 internet with food stamps and receive the monthly ACP internet discount.
Step 1 – Check if your Eligibility
You must be enrolled in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline program or meet the income requirements.
To qualify for the Lifeline program, you must have an income of 200% or less of the federal poverty guidelines or participate in certain federal assistance programs like Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit.
These guidelines are based on your state and household size. Use the table below to see if your household income qualifies for the monthly ACP internet credit.
The table below reflects 200% of the 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines:
|Household Size||48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Territories||Alaska||Hawaii|
|For each additional person, add:||$10,280||$12,860||$11,820|
Step 2 – Choose an Internet Service Provider
Next, select a participating service provider. To do this, check the list of participating internet service providers on the ACP website here.
Choose a provider that offers discounted internet services in your area.
Step 3 – Apply for the ACP Discount
After that, it’s time to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program. To receive the monthly discount, contact the internet service provider you selected.
They will provide instructions on how to apply for the ACP internet discount through their website or over the phone.
For more help, read our complete article on how to apply for the ACP Internet Program.
Step 4 – Submit Verification Documents
As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit documents that prove your eligibility for the ACP discount. This could include proof of household income, proof of participation in a federal assistance program, copy of your Lifeline enrollment certificate, or copy of your SNAP EBT Card/Medicaid Card.
What documents will I be asked to provide?
You will be asked to provide additional documentation to verify that you qualify for the ACP internet discount. For example, you may be asked to provide official documents that include:
- Participation in a qualifying government assistance program
- Your household income
- Identity of you and/or household members
- Current residence
Will I have to provide proof of my income?
Yes, to complete your ACP Application you may be asked to provide proof of your household income. Approved income documentation can include:
- The prior year’s tax return
- Three consecutive pay stubs
- Current income statement
- Social Security, Veterans Administration, Unemployment, Worker’s Compensation or Retirement statement of benefits
Step 5 – Wait for Confirmation
Once you’ve submitted your application for the ACP internet discount, wait for confirmation of approval from your Internet Service Provider.
If approved, the ACP discount will automatically be applied to your next internet bill and you will receive $10 internet with food stamps.
Step 6 – Recertify Annually
Once approved for the $10 internet with food stamps, you may be asked to recertify and confirm your eligibility for the discount each year. If asked to recertify, you will have to provide a statement that verifies you still meet the eligibility requirements.
ACP Internet Discount FAQs
Get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the ACP Internet Discount below.
What is the ACP Internet Program?
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps low-income households pay for the internet service needed for work, school, healthcare and more.
For more information about the Discounted Internet Program available to EBT Cardholders and government assistance recipients, click here.
Can I receive more than one ACP benefit?
No, only one monthly service discount and device discount is allowed per household.
In addition, your household cannot get the ACP benefit from more than one company.
If more than one person in your household participates in the ACP, you are breaking the FCC’s rules and will lose your monthly benefit.
Can I sign up for the ACP internet discount if I am already an internet customer?
Yes, the Affordable Connectivity Program internet credit is available to eligible new, past and current customers of participating ACP internet providers.
This means if you are a Comcast internet customer, you can still apply for the $30 ACP internet credit with them.
Can I receive both discounted phone and internet service?
The Affordable Connectivity Program is separate from the FCC’s Lifeline Program. If your household qualifies for both programs, you can apply to receive both phone and internet benefits.
For example, you could apply the Lifeline benefit to a mobile service and apply an ACP benefit to an internet service to your home. You could also apply your Lifeline and ACP benefit to a single internet service from the same provider.
To learn more about how to save on your monthly phone bill with the Lifeline Program, check out our article here.
If I already receive a Lifeline phone discount, will I automatically receive the ACP internet discount?
No, to receive the ACP internet credit you must opt-in with your existing phone provider. If your Lifeline provider does not participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program, you must submit an application with a participating ACP internet provider.
You can choose to receive the monthly benefit from your current Lifeline service provider or another participating provider.
What happens if my income no longer qualifies for the ACP internet credit?
If you no longer qualify for the ACP benefit (such as your income exceeds the income level or you no longer participate in a qualifying benefits program), you must notify your ACP internet provider or the ACP administrator within 30 days.
$10 Internet with Food Stamps Summary
We hope this article on how to get $10 Internet with Food Stamps was helpful to you! If you have any additional questions about the ACP internet discount, please let us know in the comments section below.
For more help with the Internet Discount for SNAP EBT Cardholders, check out our other articles:
- $30 ACP Internet Credit Eligibility and Application
- Discounted Internet for EBT Cardholders
- ACP Internet Program FAQs
Want to save on your monthly phone bill? Check out our complete State-by-State Guide on the Lifeline Program to find out how you can get discounted phone service.
Have an EBT Card? Find out how you can save with our complete list of discounts and freebies for EBT Cardholders!