Legal Aid Eligibility Guidelines

NWLS represents eligible individuals who are within 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. In some circumstances, we are able to deduct allowable expenses to represent individuals within 150% of the federal poverty guideline.  We also have asset guidelines that you must meet.

In Protection From Abuse cases, we represent without regard to income. 

You can apply for services online or call New Client Line at (814) 452-6957 or (800) 665-6957 to find out if you are eligible.

People in Household

Regular Income Guidelines (125% of Poverty)


150% of Poverty

(updated 01-2020) Weekly Monthly Yearly Weekly Monthly Yearly
1 $306.73 $1,329.17 $15,950.00 $368.08 $1,595.00 $19,140.00
2 $414.42 $1,795.83 $21,550.00 $497.31 $2,155.00 $25,860.00
3 $522.12 $2,262.50 $27,150.00 $626.54 $2,715.00 $32,580.00
4 $629.81 $2,729.17 $32,750.00 $755.77 $3,275.00 $39,300.00
5 $737.50 $3,195.83 $38,350.00 $885.00 $3,835.00 $46,020.00
6 $845.19 $3,662.50 $43,950.00 $1,014.23 $4,395.00 $52,740.00
7 $952.88 $4,129.17 $49,550.00 $1,143.46 $4,955.00 $59,460.00
8 $1,060.58 $4,595.83 $55,150.00 $1,272.69 $5,515.00 $66,180.00
For ea. addl. add: $107.69 $466.67 $5,600.00 $129.23 $560.00 $6,270.00
People in Household

Regular Income Guidelines (125% of Poverty)

(updated 01-2020) Weekly Monthly Yearly
1 $306.73 $1,329.17 $15,950.00
2 $414.42 $1,795.83 $21,550.00
3 $522.12 $2,262.50 $27,150.00
4 $629.81 $2,729.17 $32,750.00
5 $737.50 $3,195.83 $38,350.00
6 $845.19 $3,662.50 $43,950.00
7 $952.88 $4,129.17 $49,550.00
8 $1,060.58 $4,595.83 $55,150.00
For ea. addl. add: $107.69 $466.67 $5,600.00
People in Household 150% of Poverty
(updated 01-2020) Weekly Monthly Yearly
1 $368.08 $1,595.00 $19,140.00
2 $497.31 $2,155.00 $25,860.00
3 $626.54 $2,715.00 $32,580.00
4 $755.77 $3,275.00 $39,300.00
5 $885.00 $3,835.00 $46,020.00
6 $1,014.23 $4,395.00 $52,740.00
7 $1,143.46 $4,955.00 $59,460.00
8 $1,272.69 $5,515.00 $66,180.00
For ea. addl. add: $129.23 $560.00 $6,270.00
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