Having easy access to a computer and the internet is one important part of being able to do well in college. If you have questions about any of these programs or need help navigating them, you can ask me (071 College Park campus; gregory.johnson@msstate) or Amy Smith.
Also, if you have a laptop, but no internet, this is an option: tethering
AT&T offers low cost internet ($5 or $10 per month) when at least one person in your household is a SNAP participant. That person’s SNAP card is needed to apply for this program. (The full list of information needed is given here: https://digitalyou.att.com/low-cost-internet/ )
Go here to apply: https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access-from-att.html
Comcast offers low cost internet ($9.95 per month) and the option to purchase a computer ($150). For this program, you have meet one of these requirements (just one): one child in the home is eligible for the National School lunch program, the applicant is receiving HUD housing assistance, or the applicant is a low-income veteran.
The recipient can’t already be a Comcast customer (and can’t have been one in the last 90 days).
To apply for internet service, go here: https://internetessentials.com/apply
After applying for internet, you can buy a computer by going here: https://internetessentials.com/low-cost-computer
PCs for People offers low cost desktops and laptops with free shipping. The eligibility requirements to purchase from PCs for People are here: https://www.pcsforpeople.org/eligibility/ —basically, they are either (1) your household is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level—that’s $25,000 for an individual living alone (for the full list, see https://aspe.hhs.gov/2019-poverty-guidelines) or (2) you are currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program.
To purchase online, you need a scanned ID and one of the documents demonstrating that you are eligible.
Go here to shop: https://pcsrefurbished.com/sales/salesHome.aspx