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Internet Access at Home

  • Reliable at-home internet is important to continue school work outside the classroom. SPPS is committed to providing internet connectivity support options for students and families in need.

    Comcast Internet Essentials:

    SPPS has Comcast Internet Essentials codes available for families. These codes will make the internet free to your family for one year. The Comcast Internet Essentials program is the most reliable option for families in need of home internet. Please contact the Online School for more information: 651-744-6368

    Considerations/Before you Apply

    • You don’t have to use this program if you don’t feel it’s a good fit for your family. However, this is a good option for the internet at home. It is much more reliable than a hotspot.
    • Internet Essentials is intended for academic student use. If you go over the amount of data provided by the service, the speed of the internet will slow down. Doing extra streaming like video games and movies on services like Netflix, could cause you to go over the limit. 
    • SPPS pays for Internet Essentials for one year. After that, you will receive a notice with 60 days and 30 days left letting you know. If you don’t cancel, you will be charged $9.95/month. If you already have Internet Essentials at home, you can still use an SPPS code.
    • Comcast cannot guarantee fast internet at all times. Multiple students being on video chat at the same time might be slow. However, Comcast Internet is much faster and more reliable than a district hotspot.
    • If you have issues with the internet service working at your home, you will have to contact Comcast, not SPPS.

    Application Process for Families


    Please do not forget:

    • You will put the SPPS code on page 4 of the application. 
    • When you enter the code, you will see a new screen with two offers. Make sure you select the one that says “Saint Paul Public Schools.”


  • Hotspots

    For students and families experiencing homelessness, SPPS school counselors have hotspots available for checkout. Please contact the Online School at: 651-7446368.  

    Project REACH

    Project REACH is also able to provide hotspots for students and families experiencing homelessness or other issues as needed. Project REACH is an SPPS shelter and street-based program that promotes school stability and academic success for Pre-K and school-age children in temporary housing situations. For more information, call 651-231-0404.

Internet Essentials (Through Comcast, NOT SPPS)

  • Comcast has a program called Internet Essentials that provides affordable internet and laptop computers for eligible families.

    • High Speed Internet for just $9.95/month.
    • Laptops for $149.00 - which includes Microsoft Office, Norton Security Suite and a 90 day warranty.


    Wondering if you qualify?
    Find out if you’re eligible for Internet Essentials by looking at the checklist below.
    If you are still not sure, fill out an application and they’ll let you know.

    Eligible Families: 

    • Have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program.
    • Do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old. Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible.
    • Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available but have not subscribed to it within the last 90 days.

    Not sure if you qualify or are ready to apply?
    Start your application and they'll let you know, just click here and start!