There are several programs and initiatives available that aim to provide free laptops to low-income families or individuals who are part of government assistance programs, such as those with an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. Here are some of the key options:
- Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP): This federal initiative helps low-income families afford internet service, offering up to $30 per month for internet bills, or $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Additionally, it provides a one-time discount of up to $100 to help pay for a desktop, laptop, or tablet, assuming the family contributes more than $10 and less than $50 towards the purchase price.
- PCs for People: An organization that provides low-cost computers to individuals and families with an income below 200% of the federal poverty level or who are enrolled in income-based government assistance programs, such as SNAP (which provides EBT), Medicaid, or free/reduced school lunch programs.
- Adaptive.org: This organization aims to provide computers and laptops specifically to low-income households where children need them for educational purposes. Children from age 5 up to college age can qualify for a free PC or laptop through this program.
- Computers with Causes: Offers free computers to eligible U.S. residents, with priority given to students, teachers, and military veterans. Eligibility is determined through an online application, and recipients are selected based on demonstrated need and potential impact.
- The On It Foundation: Provides free computers, computer training, and internet to low-income families with students in grades K-12 who receive a free or reduced school lunch, attend a public school, and reside within the United States.
To apply for a free laptop through these programs, typically, you would need to fill out an online application form and provide proof of eligibility, such as enrollment in an EBT program. Each program has its own set of requirements and application process, so it’s important to visit their official websites for the most accurate and detailed information.