Comcast is staring off this school year by expanding eligibility for the Comcast Internet Essentials program to all Federal Pell Grant recipients across its service area. This expansion will allow nearly one million additional low-income students to benefit from Internet Essentials, Comcast’s signature broadband adoption and digital equity initiative.
Starting August 23, 2021, students receiving a Federal Pell Grant, can use their Financial Aid Award Letter as proof of eligibility for Internet Essentials. Expanding Internet Essentials eligibility to include Federal Pell Grant recipients brings eligibility more fully in-line with the federal government’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) eligibility, but is a permanent, structural change to the eligibility for the program. So, students can rest assured that they will be able to either have Internet service for free under EBB or for a heavily discounted price of just $9.95/month.