Federal Affordable Connectivity Program: Free Student Phone Plan for Pell Grant Recipients | Gen Mobile

Federal Affordable Connectivity Program: Free Student Phone Plan for Low-Income Students and Pell Grant Recipients from Gen Mobile

If you're a Pell Grant student looking to reduce your monthly cost for broadband or mobile phone service, then you may be eligible for free broadband or mobile phone service through the Federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) from participating providers like Gen Mobile. The Gen Mobile program offers a free phone and free or discounted mobile phone services to qualifying low-income families. Here's what you need to know about qualifying for the Affordable Connectivity Program through Gen Mobile.

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal program that provides eligible low-income individuals with discounted or free broadband or mobile phone service. It was created to ensure that all Americans have access to broadband or mobile phone service, which is essential for staying connected while at school, finding a job or internship, or accessing emergency services.

How does the ACP work?

To qualify for the ACP, you must meet certain household income requirements (at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) or participate in certain federal assistance programs, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Pell Grant. Once you’re approved, you’ll receive a free or discounted government-subsidized broadband or mobile phone plan from a participating provider like Gen Mobile.

Are free phones part of the ACP?

No, but Gen Mobile offers one free Android smartphone per eligible household.

How do I apply for a free government-subsidized student phone plan through Gen Mobile?

Visit acp.genmobile.com to apply for a free government phone planthrough the ACP. If you’re a Pell Grant recipient, you must upload a letter or official document from your college, university, or career school to the National Verifier online portal or Department of Education as proof. You can also qualify by uploading proof of income or official proof of participation in a federal assistance program. Then you’ll find out if you qualify in less than 5 minutes.

What is the ACP Free Mobile Phone Plan benefit offered through Gen Mobile?

Gen Mobile is currently offering the following free ACP benefits to qualified students of low-income households:

  • Unlimited talk and text to make emergency calls and stay connected with family and friends.
  • Up to 7 GB of data for wireless access to virtual classrooms, healthcare information, and other services.

What is a Pell Grant?

Pell Grant is federal aid for low-income undergraduate students. It doesn't require repayment, and the amount varies depending on financial need and enrollment status. Your application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) sets Pell Grant eligibility, income limit, and benefits. To apply for a Pell Grant, you’ll need to submit a form every year that you're in school and can demonstrate eligibility.

Financial Aid for College: FAFSA, Pell Grant, and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Save Up to $30/Month on Broadband or Mobile Phone Services

The ACP is a valuable resource for students and Pell Grant recipients who need access to affordable phone service for school. The program allows you to stay connected with family, teachers, and other students. Plus, you can hunt for a job and access important student services for free. Apply online today at acp.genmobile.com, or contact us to learn more about how you can qualify for broadband or free mobile phone service from Gen Mobile and save up to $30 per month.

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