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4J is joining with Comcast to provide high-speed internet at no cost to qualifying families for entire school year

Eugene School District 4J is joining with Comcast to provide economically disadvantaged students free internet for the entire school year to support online learning.

With comprehensive distance learning beginning Sept. 14, the district is committed to ensuring all students are connected to high-speed internet access so they can be successful academically and remain connected with their teachers and peers while learning online.

Comcast is offering two free months of high-speed internet access to qualifying low-income families through its Internet Essentials program. Eugene School District 4J will pay the monthly service charges for the rest of the school year for a limited number of eligible students to continue to access online learning.

The district has funds to initially support 166 eligible students, but could expand the program, depending on the level of demand.

Students may be eligible if they qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or are eligible for other public assistance programs such as housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps) and SSI, among others.

To qualify, student must also live in an area served by Comcast and must not have had Comcast internet in the last 90 days; households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by Dec. 31. There is no term contract, no credit check and no installation fee.

Parents or students who need internet access and think they qualify should complete the request form (available here) or call 541-790-7757 (English) or 541-790-7758 (Spanish). The district will contact eligible students and provide them with a unique code to use when applying for the service through Comcast.

Eugene School District 4J is offering other ways to help students and families close the “digital divide” at no cost. The district has a limited number of mobile WiFi hotspots available to provide to students who do not have another way to access the internet at home. Please contact your school for more information.

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