Income Guidelines for Legal Aid

Depending on your case and those funding them, income guidelines must be adhered to by the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. Below are several thresholds based on a percentage of the Federal Poverty Level. Most cases must fall within the first threshold (125% of FPL), but there are exceptions. Questions about qualification should be directed to HelpLine.


Legal Aid Income Thresholds

Persons in Houshold1

Federal Poverty Line


125% of FPL

(Common Threshold)

200% of FPL

(Rare Threshold)





























For each additional member: 





Define "Income"2 

  • Wages and salary before deductions

  • Income from self-employment

  • Government benefits (such as Social Security, Social Security Disability, and Suplemental Security Income; veterans and unemployment benefits; and workers' compensation)

  • Child support

  • Alimony

  • Military family allotments

  • Private and public pension benefits

  • Insurance or annuity payments

  • Income from dividends, interest, rent, or royalties

  • Payments from estates or trusts

  • Any other cash benefit or regular or recurring sources of financial support


Legal Aid May Request Income Verification

To be best prepared, have handy some income verification, such as bank statement or recent tax returns.


For Groups Asking for Legal Aid Representation

While the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc., may take on the legal cases of groups (including corporations and associations), each person in the group must be eligible under the following LSC code: 45 CFR Part 1611, while also proving that it both lacks, and has no practical means of obtaining, funds to retain private counsel.


Houshold income is the income added together of every person living in the home of an applicant.
2 Income from food stamps, public housing, and other places do not count as income for the purposes of qualifying for legal aid.
   Call HelpLine to make sure you are qualified.