The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal benefit program that provides eligible households the opportunity to receive free or discounted home internet service. Eligible households can receive up to $30/month toward internet services with participating broadband providers.
There are many ways a household can qualify for this benefit, including if there is a student in the home who receives free or reduced-price school meals. Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) has 44 schools at which all students will receive free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). All households with a student attending a CEP school qualify for the ACP benefit. Households can also qualify based on income or if they participate in certain government assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, or WIC. For more information on the program, including full eligibility criteria to help determine if your household is eligible to receive the ACP benefit, visit the ACP website.
The following broadband providers in Prince William County offer a service option that’s free to households that qualify for the ACP. Visit these external sites to read about their ACP offers:
Parents/guardians who have applied for free and reduced-price meals and parents/guardians of students attending CEP schools will receive an email and/or letter from the PWCS Food and Nutrition Department stating that the child(ren) listed in the letter has been approved to receive free or reduced-priced school meals. The approval letter from the PWCS Food and Nutrition Department can be used as proof of eligibility when applying for ACP benefits.
Parents/guardians who are eligible and have not received an approval letter by the end of August, should contact the Food and Nutrition at 703-791-3151.
For more information on applying for free and reduced-price meals, visit the PWCS Nutrition website.