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Off-Campus and External Resources

Affordable Internet/Personal Computers

Everyone-On:

Everyoneon.org provides location-specific resources based on zip code for discounted internet access either through local providers (Spectrum, Comcast, Etc) or through a non-profit (PCsforPeople) which provides prepaid wireless hotspots with unlimited data ($90 initial cost) with prepaid services for as low as $11.25 per month.  It also shares options for low-cost computers through PCsforPeople with options for refurbished computers as low as $60 which come pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro and have very reasonable prices for upgrades ($20 for an adtl. 1 TB hard-drive, $20 for MS Office Student to be preloaded, $25 for an LCD Monitor, etc).  They have similar offers for laptops starting at $99.  Finally, they provide information on local Digital Literacy Training Locations for students needing help getting their computers up and running.  These programs all have income eligibility requirements, but most require that students be under 200% of the Federal Poverty Line ($49,000 for a Family of 4, $25,520 Single) so it is a fairly broad definition, relatively speaking.  There are other ways to qualify as well, including SNAP eligibility, some military/veteran benefits, Medicaid participation, National School Lunch Program participation, etc.

Computers For Kids:

For students not qualifying for PCsforPeople, Computers for Kids (cfkid.orgprovides computers for students k-14 with computers for at a reduced rate as well ($185 for desktops, $250 for laptops) however these come ready-to-go with monitors, peripherals, and preloaded with MS Office.  This program does not have income eligibility cut-offs but does require a copy of a student ID from a K-12 school or community college to be included with the application. (This could be a resource for any of our Dual Enrollment students, if this becomes an area of concern.)

FCC LifeLine:

The FCC operates the Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers as part of the Universal Service Fund which provides assistance in paying for broadband internet access.  To qualify, students must be under 135% of the Federal Poverty Line ($17,226 single, $35,370 for a Family of 4) or utilize SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, receive Federal Public Housing Assistance, or fall under the Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs.  This provides a $9.25 service credit to families to off-set the price of high-cost broadband internet.  The FCC has implemented a fairly easy on-line verification process that can be accessed at www.CheckLifeline.org which will give an immediate determination of eligibility for the program (there is also a paper form available, however it can take several weeks to be processed).

Provider-Specific Information:

Below are links to provider-specific products and resources (usually between $10 – $20 per month of service) that may be helpful, particularly when combined with the FCC LifeLine Credit.  Each has different eligibility requirements, (though National School Lunch Program seems to be universal) and program inclusions and exclusions (Free installation, no equipment rental fees, no deposits, etc.).  This is not an endorsement of any particular companies or exclusion of others, this is simply information I was able to find about discounted programs from the largest service providers within the area.

Others:

The FCC operates the Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers as part of the Universal Service Fund which provides assistance in paying for broadband internet access.  To qualify, students must be under 135% of the Federal Poverty Line ($17,226 single, $35,370 for a Family of 4) or utilize SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, receive Federal Public Housing Assistance, or fall under the Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs.  This provides a $9.25 service credit to families to off-set the price of high-cost broadband internet.  The FCC has implemented a fairly easy on-line verification process that can be accessed at www.CheckLifeline.org which will give an immediate determination of eligibility for the program (there is also a paper form available, however it can take several weeks to be processed).

Community Resource Guides (Ada and Canyon County)

Everyone-On:

Everyoneon.org provides location-specific resources based on zip code for discounted internet access either through local providers (Spectrum, Comcast, Etc) or through a non-profit (PCsforPeople) which provides prepaid wireless hotspots with unlimited data ($90 initial cost) with prepaid services for as low as $11.25 per month.  It also shares options for low-cost computers through PCsforPeople with options for refurbished computers as low as $60 which come pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro and have very reasonable prices for upgrades ($20 for an adtl. 1 TB hard-drive, $20 for MS Office Student to be preloaded, $25 for an LCD Monitor, etc).  They have similar offers for laptops starting at $99.  Finally, they provide information on local Digital Literacy Training Locations for students needing help getting their computers up and running.  These programs all have income eligibility requirements, but most require that students be under 200% of the Federal Poverty Line ($49,000 for a Family of 4, $25,520 Single) so it is a fairly broad definition, relatively speaking.  There are other ways to qualify as well, including SNAP eligibility, some military/veteran benefits, Medicaid participation, National School Lunch Program participation, etc.

Computers For Kids:

For students not qualifying for PCsforPeople, Computers for Kids (cfkid.orgprovides computers for students k-14 with computers for at a reduced rate as well ($185 for desktops, $250 for laptops) however these come ready-to-go with monitors, peripherals, and preloaded with MS Office.  This program does not have income eligibility cut-offs but does require a copy of a student ID from a K-12 school or community college to be included with the application. (This could be a resource for any of our Dual Enrollment students, if this becomes an area of concern.)

FCC LifeLine:

The FCC operates the Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers as part of the Universal Service Fund which provides assistance in paying for broadband internet access.  To qualify, students must be under 135% of the Federal Poverty Line ($17,226 single, $35,370 for a Family of 4) or utilize SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, receive Federal Public Housing Assistance, or fall under the Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs.  This provides a $9.25 service credit to families to off-set the price of high-cost broadband internet.  The FCC has implemented a fairly easy on-line verification process that can be accessed at www.CheckLifeline.org which will give an immediate determination of eligibility for the program (there is also a paper form available, however it can take several weeks to be processed).

Provider-Specific Information:

Below are links to provider-specific products and resources (usually between $10 – $20 per month of service) that may be helpful, particularly when combined with the FCC LifeLine Credit.  Each has different eligibility requirements, (though National School Lunch Program seems to be universal) and program inclusions and exclusions (Free installation, no equipment rental fees, no deposits, etc.).  This is not an endorsement of any particular companies or exclusion of others, this is simply information I was able to find about discounted programs from the largest service providers within the area.

Others:

The FCC operates the Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers as part of the Universal Service Fund which provides assistance in paying for broadband internet access.  To qualify, students must be under 135% of the Federal Poverty Line ($17,226 single, $35,370 for a Family of 4) or utilize SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, receive Federal Public Housing Assistance, or fall under the Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs.  This provides a $9.25 service credit to families to off-set the price of high-cost broadband internet.  The FCC has implemented a fairly easy on-line verification process that can be accessed at www.CheckLifeline.org which will give an immediate determination of eligibility for the program (there is also a paper form available, however it can take several weeks to be processed).

Food Scarcity

Idaho Food Bank

Visit the Idaho Food Bank website for information on obtaining grocery items.  The Food Assistance Locator has a map showing food pantry sites in the city and region – just type in their zip code.  The blue pins that show up are where they can get meals.  This map can list sites all over the state by zip.

Sofia's Greek Bistro

Sofia’s Greek Bistro is providing free kids meals to those families who are struggling right now to provide meals with school closures in effect. They have extended this to college students in great need as well. If any of you or your families/siblings are in desperate need for a free meal here or there, this would be a great resource. Restaurants are also struggling right now so we ask that you consider this only if you are in a tight spot on any particular day. Check out their website for more information.

Mental Health Support

Calm.com offers free meditation and yoga tutorials to help manage stress and anxiety.

Storage Unit Deals For Students

U-Haul is offering free temporary storage for college students. Learn more here.

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