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Public Wireless: No-Cost Tablet & Internet Access for Eligible Students

At University of Maryland Global Campus, we are committed to our students and their success. As part of this commitment, we aim to provide our learners with resources outside of the classroom. In our conversations with students, we hear many stories of perseverance and sometimes come across students who face challenges with finances, technology, and internet access. We are pleased to have partnered with Public Wireless to provide a free tablet device and 4G internet for eligible students.

Through this program, eligible students who enroll will receive the following at no cost:

  • A 10” WiFi-capable Android tablet with charger
  • A 4G SIM card
  • Technical support provided by the program

The tablet is yours to keep (limit one per household).

Please note: Public Wireless is equipped to ship to locations in the United States (no APO/DPO overseas addresses).

Eligibility Requirements

This program is available to UMGC students, alumni, and staff.

To participate, you must be enrolled in a federal assistance program. Many of our students will demonstrate eligibility by applying for the FAFSA. If you need to confirm your Pell status, please reach out to Tuition Planning for assistance at 800-888-8682 or

You can also qualify for this program if a single member of your household

  • Has received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year
  • Is enrolled in one of the following federal assistance programs:
    • SNAP
    • Medicaid
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • WIC
    • Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
    • Lifeline
    • The National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands:
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Tribal TANF
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • Tribal Head Start (income based)

If you are not currently enrolled in a federal assistance program but meet any of the criteria listed above, we recommend that you join one of our Financing Your Education - Intro to Financial Aid webinars for a 20-minute overview of financial aid opportunities and complete your FAFSA. Most students qualify and you may even be eligible for grants that do not need to be repaid. Our tuition coordinators are ready to assist you if you have questions about the process.

Eligible for a Tablet? Get Started!

To verify eligibility and participate in this program, you must apply through the link below. The system automatically verifies you are registered with one of the participating federal programs. Verification should be instant.


Additional Program Information

Public Wireless is a broadband and technology company that offers government-subsidized products and internet connections through the Affordable Connectivity Program. The Affordable Connectivity Program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) with oversight from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).