South Carolina Online Learning Initiative
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted earlier this year allocated resources to each state government to assist in responding to the impact of the pandemic. The state of South Carolina has designated a portion of these resources to provide internet connectivity to qualified families with students engaged in online educational pursuits who live in high priority counties.
Francis Marion University is facilitating this program on behalf of the state by distributing mobile internet hotspots to qualified students. Criteria to qualify include household financial resources, county of residence, and enrollment in an educational program. Each qualified household may only receive one device and must certify that internet access is not otherwise available.
Devices will be provided to eligible students based upon criteria and availability of devices; submitting an application does not guarantee receipt of a device. Once your application is received and approved, you will be notified when to pick up your Hotspot device at the Campus Technology Help Desk located in the Stanton Academic Computer Center, Room 108.
Cellular service for the device will be active through December 2020 and allow you and other students in your household to access the internet to complete academic assignments. Currently, the devices will only be active until December 2020. It is your responsibility to maintain the device, follow instructions provided with it, and to return it to FMU upon completion of the program. More details will be provided if you qualify and receive a device.
Please contact FMU Campus Technology at [email protected] or call (843)661-1335 if you have questions about this program.