Low-Cost Internet Available for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students and Families
A new program, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), is being made available to lower internet costs for families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months.
ACP reduces the cost of the internet for households who qualify. Qualification can be achieved in one of two ways:
- A child in the household has been approved for free or reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program within the last 12 months, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision.
- The household is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or a member of the household participates in other public assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children; Medicaid; or Federal Public Housing Assistance.
A qualifying household will receive $30 per month towards internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at GetInternet.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.
This benefit is not considered income for the purpose of determining eligibility for free and reduced-price meals. For more information, please contact your assigned School Nutrition Programs (SNP) regional specialist or the SNP policy mailbox via email at SNPpolicy@doe.virginia.gov.
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