Chicago Connected Information: Internet Access For Eligible Families

Tell Your Friends, Family, or Students About Chicago Connected
Eligible CPS families can now receive high-speed internet in their homes immediately at no cost for up to four years. There are no installation or upfront equipment fees and families are not required to provide a social security number.

Families can find out if they are eligible through Chicago Connected's eligibility tool. If eligible, families will be provided an activation code for Comcast or RCN. Families can also connect with their child’s school to confirm their eligibility and receive an activation code.

We have partnered with T-Mobile to reserve 12,000 internet hotspots for all students in transitional living situations (STLS), unstable housing, or outside of the broadband service area. Schools are prepared to provide STLS students with a laptop and an internet hotspot to ensure they’re ready for the first day of school.

The district contacted eligible families by U.S. mail, text messages, robocalls, and emails over the summer, and we will continue contacting families in the weeks ahead. But we know that hearing about this opportunity from trusted friends, family, and members of their school community can be even more impactful, so please help spread the word about this free program. It’s critically important that families in need have access to high-speed internet for the first day of school, which is Tuesday, September 8.

Providing Devices to Students Who May Still Need One for the First Day of School
We have distributed 128,000 laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks, and have purchased an additional 36,000 devices to ensure all students have a device prior to the start of school. If you know a CPS family who needs a device, please tell them to connect with their child’s school directly. We have asked our schools to provide every student in need with a device.

If You Are a CPS Parent, Do You Know Your Child’s CPS Email?
Your child will need to access their CPS account for the first day of school. Attendance and classroom participation will be tracked through their CPS email. If you do not know your child’s CPS login, connect with your school and ask for assistance as soon as possible. This is how your child will access their classroom instruction and assignments while learning at home.

Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts by any city to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to increase internet access for students.

To determine if your family is eligible for Chicago Connected, click here.  You will need your child's student ID number and birth date.  If you have questions about your eligibility, please call or email Margo at 773-534-5500 and [email protected].


Chicago Connected es un programa innovador que brindará servicio gratuito de Internet de alta velocidad a aproximadamente 100,000 estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS). Este programa, el primero en su tipo, será uno de los esfuerzos más grandes y a más largo plazo de cualquier ciudad para proporcionar Internet de alta velocidad gratuito en el transcurso de cuatro años para aumentar el acceso a Internet para los estudiantes.

Para determinar si su familia es elegible para Chicago Connected, haga clic aquí. Necesitará el número de identificación de estudiante y la fecha de nacimiento de su hijo. Si tiene preguntas sobre su elegibilidad, llame o envíe un correo electrónico a Margo al 773-534-5500 y [email protected].

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