The Department of Education launches a campaign to disclosure to millions of students from K-12 and Federal targets of the Pell grant now eligible for monthly discounts on the broadband Internet service May 12, 2021 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, Press@ed.gov
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    The US Department of Education UU today launched an important disclosure campaign to millions of students who are now eligible for a monthly discount on the band Internet service Wide under a temporary program administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The campaign will inform millions of families with children who participate in the free or breakfast at reduced price or reduced price, and 6.5 million recipients of the Pell grant, which are now eligible for the discount of up to $ 50 per month. Eligible homes in qualified tribal land can receive a discount of up to $ 75 per month.

    "The Covid-19 pandemia has magnified the problems of Internet access and affordability for K-12 students and college students, particularly color students, students in rural or tribal communities, and students of low-income families, "said Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona. "We know that the quality of Internet access at home has an impact on the success of students, and that students without robust Internet access and reliable devices fought more with the transition to remote learning last year. This campaign not only will maintain more of the United States students connected and learning, but will help address inequities exacerbated by Covid-19. As we recover from the pandemic, we have the opportunity to rebuild our educational system better than before, and provide access to Reliable and affordable Internet to more students disproportionately affected by the pandemic, it is a way we can make sure that all students are configured for success. "

    Homes with a child who received the approval of the benefits under the National National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the school breakfast program (PAS), including a child who attends a school participating in the Community Eligibility Provision of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) UU (CEP), during school years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 is now eligible for the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefits Program (Program EBB). The recipients of the Pell grant, which are generally university students with an exceptional financial need, also qualify for the EBB program of the FCC to help pursue postsecondary education if they received their subsidy during 2020-2021.

    The temporary program provides a monthly discount of up to $ 50 per month in the broadband service and the associated equipment (a modem, for example) for eligible households and up to $ 75 per month for households In qualified tribal land. Each participating home can also receive a one-time discount of up to $ 100 for a connected device, a laptop, desktop or tablet, where it is available from a participant broadband provider, provided that the home contributes between $ 10 and $ 50 Towards the cost of the device.

    Eligible families of K-12 students and eligible target targets can apply for online discount, by mail through a participating service provider. Eligible households can find participating Internet service providers in their area by entering their zip code in the companies near Me Tool.

    "It is more evident than ever that broadband is no longer pleasant. It is necessary to have. For all, Everywhere," said the President of the FCC of Performance, Jessica Rosenworcel. "Apparently during the night, the Covid-19 pandemic required millions of families and students to change to remote learning. These students, their families and their teachers worked hard to make remote learning come true. But this crisis stood out as never before The virtual classroom was closed to millions of students without reliable Internet.

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