South Carolina’s General Assembly is using $50 million in coronavirus aid money to supply at least 100,000 low-income households across the state with free internet access through Dec. 31, 2020.
Families with students in K-12 or higher education institutions are eligible to apply with their schools if they earn within 250% of the federal poverty line and if they do not currently have internet service. A family of four would need to earn $65,500 or less per year, or $5,458 or less per month, to qualify.
School districts, private schools and institutions of higher learning will be responsible for distributing the mobile hotspots to eligible families. Since the hotspots are intended for educational purposes, the internet content will be filtered according to the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Greenville County Schools announced on Thursday that the deadline to apply is Aug. 3.
If you’re a parent with students enrolled in Greenville County Schools who meets the qualifications, click here to apply or visit greenville.k12.sc.us to apply. A version of the application in Spanish can be found by clicking here.
Ariel Gilreath is a watchdog reporter focusing on education and family issues with The Greenville News and Independent Mail. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @ArielGilreath.
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