See if You’re Eligible for Free or Discounted Home Internet Access
Online learning is here to stay. In response to the increased need for online learning since the pandemic, school districts, states, and the federal government are providing new benefits and resources for students who need help getting high-speed internet and technology at home.
With the Emergency Broadband Benefit program from the FCC, eligible households can receive:
- Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying tribal lands
- 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)
Here’s How to Apply
Check if you’re eligible. Your family may qualify if:
- You receive free or reduced-price school lunch or breakfast
- You or a member of your family received a Pell Grant for college during the current award year
- Your family already receives benefits through programs like SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline
- Your household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines (about $36,000 for a family of 4)
- Your family had a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020
Some internet providers already have programs in place for low-income families or those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to ask your provider!
Apply through one of these options.
- Contact a participating broadband provider directly to learn about their program—we recommend starting here, especially if you already have an internet provider, since this is the simplest option.
- Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.*
- Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application or print a copy and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:*
Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742
*For these options, you’ll get a notice confirming that you qualify for the broadband program, and then you’ll need to contact a participating internet provider to select a service plan.
More Ways to Access the Internet
You should also reach out to your school or school district to find out what options they may offer. Many schools across the country have new programs to help cover the cost of laptops, wireless hotspots, or even dedicated home internet so students can continue accessing online classes or homework.
Check with your teacher, school counselor, or school district office to find out what’s available for you.
For more information from the FCC, visit the Emergency Broadband Benefit website.