Lone Star College-Houston North has teamed up with Comcast within the Houston region to provide six months of free internet to about 200 students while classes are delivered remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a college release.
Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which helps students and families who are low-income acquire internet service, will offer two free months of internet to qualifying low-income families. LSC-Houston North, which has four locations, has extended the service by four months for a total of six months of free internet access.
The offer is available through the end of the year, and those who qualify for various federal assistance programs, including Pell Grants, Medicaid, assisted housing, SNAP, and supplemental security income, are eligible to apply.
“We are here to help our students any way that we can, whether that is in the classroom or outside of it,” LSC-Houston North President Quentin Wright said in a written statement. “When COVID-19 caused us to close our buildings it was apparent that some of our students would not be able to finish the semester — not because of lack of desire and intellect but because they did not have the technological resources at home. We are thankful for our partnership with Comcast because we were able to fill that gap and help our students persist with their educational career.”
The Internet Essentials program, which typically offers internet at the regular price of $9.95 per month, has helped connect 396,000 low-income households in the Houston region since 2011.
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