Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. The program will allow eligible households—which include those with a Pell Grant recipient or who have experienced significant income loss since February 2020—to receive substantially subsidized broadband service:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Find out if your household is eligible for these benefits. Applications and enrollment in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program began on May 12, 2021. Encourage your student who might qualify to enroll as soon as possible. Due to the FCC’s pre-existing eligibility verification system, it may take more time for postsecondary students to get through the process.

The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.