This page will go over resources to help resolve issues accessing reliable internet to successfully complete school work. If you do not have a computer, please look at the Computer/Laptop Access page.
How do I access affordable internet?
There are few avenues to explore when looking to access affordable internet. Here are some suggestions on where to start:
1. Check out your local library as many public libraries are now starting to offer hotspots that you can check out and use at home (like a library book). Search your local library and then look for things like "services," "technology," and "hotspots." If you aren't able to find anything online, call the listed number and ask the librarian.
2. Utilize the Everyone On platform to search through different offerings in your zip code. The platform will ask you about a variety of potential eligibility criteria, once you make your selections you will then see what is available. It will list national programs as well as local internet provider programs.
3. If you have done the step above and selected the "Have a K-12 student or college student in your household" button you will have already seen this option, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) offers discounts on internet service in homes (up to $30/month, eligibility based on income).
Currently, the federal government has secured commitments from leading internet providers to offer ACP-eligible households a high-speed internet plan for no more than $30 per month. Eligible families who pair their ACP benefit with one of these plans can receive high-speed internet at no cost. If you are looking to combine these benefits, follow the steps here:https://www.whitehouse.gov/getinternet/
Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households or those enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, or other government programs. If your household is eligible, you can receive:
Up to a $30/month service discount
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.
The On It Foundation’s – (Opportunities Necessary to Increase Technology) mission is dedicated to providing free computers along with computer training and Internet access to low-income families with students in grades K-12 receive a free or reduced school lunch and reside within the United States. Click the link to learn more about how to apply.
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- Mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, etc.)
- Housing, financial, and food insecurities
- Financial wellness and budgeting
- Other personal matters impacting academic success
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