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  • Dana DeLapi


Updated: Aug 6, 2021

As students and parents begin preparing for the transition back to in-person learning, we understand it can be difficult adjusting to the new health and safety standards that schools have set in place.

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid. Make sure you are mindful of the federal and state deadlines associated with the FAFSA.

Your needs for academic success may have changed due to COVID-19. Your college’s emergency financial aid program may cover assistance with supplies and textbooks. Inquire with the Dean of Students’ Office, Institutional Advancement, or the Fast Fund (ask a trusted faculty member if your college has one set up).

Access online learning resources (computer or Wi-Fi)

City of Philadelphia - Office of Innovation and Technology Offers a list of resources for internet access or computers by providers with current assistance deals. Learn more about an interactive map of free wifi hotspots inside Philadelphia city limits here.

EveryoneOn Offers a search tool to find free or low-cost options for internet access and computers..

Internet Essentials by Comcast Offers two (2) months of free internet if you apply and are approved by December 31, 2021. After the promotion, regular rates apply and the cost increases to $9.95 plus tax. There is no contract and users can cancel at any time without penalty. The program also offers low-cost computers to approve applicants. Apply to the Internet Essentials program here.
Link Wi-Fi Provides kiosks throughout Philadelphia to access free Wi-Fi. Check out this list to find a kiosk location near you.
KeySpot Philadelphia offers free wi-fi at about 50 community centers, libraries, park and recreation locations, and neighborhood nonprofits. Check out this map to find a kiosk location near you.

Additionally, if you have noticed slower internet connection speed since the onset of the pandemic, try these recommendations to increase your internet speed.

Access help to pay for textbooks and/or college supplies

Discuss your situation with your professor and identify alternatives for getting books and supplies, including checking with the library for free access to electronic or printed versions, or reaching out to fellow students to see if any would be interested in sharing the cost of textbooks or sharing what they have already bought.

You may also consider renting or buying a used copy. The bookstore at your college may match the price and offer good deals but if not, check out campus book rental-specialized websites, or ask your classmates to consider sharing the price of buying or renting a textbook for a common class.

Still in need of help? Check out the other sections of the Philadelphia Local Guide.

Please note: Edquity does not endorse nor is Edquity associated with any business, organization, product or service that is mentioned in these Guides. Edquity is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information provided, which may change over time. We encourage you to contact the business or organization listed to receive the most up-to-date information.


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