Free Internet For 100,000 Eligible Families In South Carolina

Due to COVID-19 pandemic schools quickly shift instructions from classroom to home, yet many students are unable to receive online instruction due to the lack of internet service at home. In some cases, internet subscriptions may not be affordable to some families.

Under Act 142, the State Legislature has appropriated a portion of the federal CARES Act funding to be used to supply at least 100,000 student households across South Carolina with free internet through December 2020. The service on the devices is only guaranteed to be paid through December 31, 2020.

To be eligible for this offer the household must meet all of the following:

  • Households with an annual income of 250 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines
  • An individual in the household attends a school
  • The household does not have existing internet service
  • The mobile hotspot is necessary as a result of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19
  • The cost of mobile hotspots and related service was not accounted for in a school’s budget as it existed on March 27, 2020
  • Priority will be given to households in counties that contain a school district that has been defined by the South Carolina Department of Education as having a poverty rate greater than or equal to 86 percent

Parents with students in the following districts can click to be directed to the application:

Click here for additional information about the program.

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