How Students Can Get Free Internet Access Under New Biden Initiative
On Monday, May 10, President Biden announced the establishment of the Affordable Connectivity Program, or ACP. The program will provide free and discounted Internet access to eligible Americans.
The program offers $30 per month off internet costs to eligible households. All CPA participating Internet providers offer an Internet plan that does not exceed $30 per month. If eligible students combine any of these programs with their ACP aid, they will not pay any monthly internet costs.
Students are eligible for CPA benefits if they are currently participating in one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veterans pension and survivors benefits
Free and Discounted School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools
Federal Pell Grant (received in current year)
- Some Tribal Assistance programs, including Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (only households meeting the income qualification standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), and the food distribution program on Indian reservations
Students are also eligible if their household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, or if they meet the criteria for low-income programs hosted by one of the participating internet providers. PCA.
The following Internet service providers participate in the ACP:
Apply or find out if you qualify for Affordable Connectivity Program benefits here.
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