New AT&T internet access program supports K-12 students

AT&T has announced that it is committing $10 million to support the nation’s most vulnerable students who don’t have adequate internet access and are disconnected from learning.  There are an estimated 17 million public K-12 students falling into the homework gap due to COVID-19 school closures, and approximately 3 million of our most vulnerable students who may not have experienced any formal education—virtual or in-person—since March 2020. 

The AT&T K-12 Connected Learning Program is focused on closing the homework gap for at-risk students by providing mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and free AT&T wireless internet service. School districts, charter schools, and community-based non-profit organizations that serve at-risk youth are eligible to apply.  The program is focused primarily on impacting students in the following groups:

  • Students in foster care
  • Students experiencing homelessness
  • English language learners
  • Students with disabilities
  • Students eligible for the Migrant Education Program
  • Other at-risk students who may be disconnected from formal education opportunities

AT&T has partnered with non-profit Connected Nation to administer this program.  Be sure to read Connected Nation's terms and conditions carefully at the end of the process before submitting your application.

Program Summary
What will Awardees Receive?

  • Free AT&T wireless internet service for 1 calendar year for up to 500 K-12 students per award
  • A free mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for each line of service
  • Some awardees, based on need and subject to availability, may receive a new or refurbished laptop, Chromebook, or tablet learning device

Who May Apply?

  • K-12 school districts or charter schools
  • Community-based non-profit organizations that serve at-risk K-12 students

What are the Program Limitations?

  • Applicants may seek awards for up to 500 students per application
  • School district awards will be limited to no more than 5 schools
  • Internet service, mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, and learning devices (if available) will be awarded to individual students

How Do I Apply?
Applications must be submitted via this website. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Users may save their application and return later by accessing the save function, available in the lower right-hand corner of the application window. Users must enter their email address so that a special link to access the saved application may be e-mailed to them. 

What is the Application Deadline?
Applications must be received by Connected Nation no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on January 11, 2021.

When Will Awards Be Announced?
Awardees will be announced in early-to-mid February 2021.

Whom Do I Contact with Questions?
Please contact Lindsay Conrad, program administrator.

Application Instructions
Please fill out all requested information completely and accurately.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Required questions are marked with a red asterisk.  You may save your progress and return to complete your application at any time by clicking "save and continue application later" link in the bottom right-hand portion of the application window.  Be sure to enter your e-mail address so that a unique link to access your saved application can be sent to you.  Once your application has been submitted successfully, you will reach a "thank you" screen and a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the primary point of contact.  If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact the program administrator.