Qualifying For Low Income Internet Assistance

Applying for college has never been easier or more difficult, easier because college and financial aid applications are now a part of the World Wide Web and more difficult because not every deserving student has convenient access to the Internet. Although most households with an income above the poverty level now have access to high speed Internet, many low income families do not. Or should we say, did not?

Although not available everywhere yet, there are a few programs out there which offer high speed Internet to low income families at a reasonable price. How reasonable? Most are around $10 a month.

Connect to Compete

Several of the country’s biggest cable companies have banded together to help low income families access the Internet at an affordable price. The program is called Connect to Compete and although it is not yet available it has a lot to offer.

  • 1MPS minimum speed Internet service for $9.95 per month for two years
  • Computers for those who need them for a cost of $150 to $250
  • Inexpensive computer classes
  • Useful software including Microsoft Office

To qualify for the program you must first live within an area which is serviced by one of the participating cable companies which includes Cablevision, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Bend Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, GCI, Insight, Mediacom, Midcontinent, online casino Eagle Communications, Sjoberg’s Cable and Suddenlink. If you do, then read on to find out how to access this deal.

To qualify you must

  1. Have at least one child enrolled in your school’s free lunch program (National School Lunch Program)
  2. You cannot be a current broadband subscriber(you also cannot have had service within the last 90 days)
  3. You must not have an overdue bill or any unreturned cable equipment

Schools located in areas where Connect to Compete is available will have a flyer with an offer code. If you have not received a flyer for Connect to Compete ask at your child’s school.

Internet Essentials

Offered by Comcast television, Internet Essentials also offers service to low income families for $9.95 per month.

Offer

  • 1.5 to 3.0 MPS high speed Internet for $9.95 per month for two years
  • Low cost computers for $149.95
  • No additional equipment or activation fees
  • Inexpensive computer classes
  • Useful software including Microsoft Office

To qualify

  1. Have at least one child enrolled in your school’s free lunch program (National School Lunch Program)
  2. You cannot be a current Comcast subscriber(you also cannot have had service within the last 90 days)
  3. You must not have an overdue bill or any unreturned cable equipment
  4. Live in an area which is serviced by Comcast

For more information and instructions on how to sign up call your local Comcast Basic Cable provider.

Internet Basics

  • Internet Basics offered by CenturyLink is also offering inexpensive Internet access to their low income customers, but has a few differences. Let’s start with the benefits:
  • 1.5 to 3.0 MPS high speed Internet for $9.95 per month for two years
  • Low cost computers for $150.00
  • No additional equipment or activation fees
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Inexpensive computer classes
  • Useful software including Microsoft Office
  • Qualifying for Internet Basics is a little different.

No child needed but you do have to be enrolled in a government assistance program such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Section 8 housing, Social Security Supplemental Income, National School Lunch, Home Energy Assistance Program or public assistance housing.

Or

Your household income must be at or less than 135 percent to 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

If you live in an area where CenturyLink is available call your local provider for more details and an application for the program.

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