Front Range Community College students who are federal Pell Grant-eligible have an opportunity to bring high-speed Internet service into their residences through a pilot program with Comcast.
The program is called Internet Essentials from Comcast, which provides high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax. The offer includes a free Wi-Fi router, the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150, and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
To enter the program, community college students must be eligible for Pell Grants, which are federal grants for undergraduate students with financial need, and live in a Comcast service area. Much of FRCC’s service area falls within Comcast’s reach.
“The Internet and computer literacy are critical to assuring success in the classroom and in the 21st Century economy,” said Nancy McCallin, Colorado Community College System president. “The Internet is integral in how the Colorado Community College System delivers coursework and supports and communicates with students. Having technology and Internet service at home removes barriers to online learning, giving students greater access to information, the colleges, the faculty, and a host of additional resources that are crucial for their success. We are thankful to Comcast for providing this opportunity to our community college students.”
For more information or to apply for the program, call 1-855-846-8376, or for Spanish, call 1-855-765-6995.
Comcast advises students to call to request an application rather than go to a Comcast service center. The application packet sent to the student will contain instructions for completing it. Students must provide proof of enrollment and Pell eligibility.
Equipment will be shipped to students’ home addresses and will include a Self-Install Kit, or students can call the Internet Essentials call center to request an installation appointment, which will be done at no additional charge.
Internet Essentials from Comcast has been offered to eligible K-12 students and their families. The pilot for eligible community college students is for students in Comcast service areas in Colorado and Illinois.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.