Free Internet for Students: Where & How College Kids Can Get It

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Here’s Who’s Offering Free Internet for College Students Right Now

college woman looking thoughtful while using the internet on her laptop in the kitchen

In light of current events, a few large cable companies are offering free internet access.

These are the providers who have made announcements about such services:


1. Charter Spectrum Free Internet

Charter Communications is now giving Spectrum free internet to students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

This includes households with K-12 and/or college students. To qualify you must not have been subscribed to their internet services within the past 30 days.

The Charter free internet offer includes broadband and WiFi access for 60 days. Speeds will be delivered up to 100 Mbs.

How to get it: call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots are currently open and free to use.

Note: If you sign up for the free service, you will be billed after the first 60 days unless you cancel.

These are the providers who have made announcements about such services:


2. Comcast Free Internet

Now through April 30th, new Comcast customers in qualifying low-income households will receive two free months of Internet service. If approved, you could have a home Internet connection in 5-7 business days.

Comcast free internet includes a modem and WiFi router to set up your service.

Hot to get it: you can apply online here.

In addition:

Comcast has made their WiFi hotspots available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Click here for a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots.

Data plans have been paused for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.

And:

Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact them to let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period.

Note: If you sign up for the free service, you will be billed after the first 2 months unless you cancel.


In response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, Altice USA (which operates Optimum and Suddenlink) has committed to helping students stay connected.

60 days of Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband is being offered for free to households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access.

To qualify, you must be a new customer household.

How to get it: Call 866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region or 888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region.

Note: If you sign up for the free service, you will be billed after the first 60 days unless you cancel.


Concluding thoughts on free internet for students

What’s more:

Colleges are providing internet access to students even though campuses are closed for classes.

Jones College in Mississippi is one example. Free internet is available in the parking lot from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Be sure to check your school’s website to see if they are doing something similar.

 

 

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