Students without Internet access will be able to obtain it for free through either Spectrum or Comcast, and those in need of financial assistance will be able to get it through the Eastern Kentucky University Student Assistance Fund for Eastern (SAFE).
Charter Communications is offering 60 days of free Spectrum broadband and wi-fi to households with K-12 or college students that do not already have subscriptions. Installation fees will be waived as well. For more information, call (844) 488-8395.
Comcast is also offering two months of free high-speed Internet service to college students that do not already have Internet and have been affected by COVID-19. For more information, call (855) 846-8376.
If students are in need of a laptop or tablet, they can check one out from the IT Geeks in the Crabbe Library atrium during the following times:
March 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Technology will be checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be due on May 7 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
In addition to technological resources, Eastern Kentucky University is offering financial assistance through SAFE.
“The fund will provide short-term financial assistance to EKU students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to an emergency or crisis,” said David McFaddin, interim president of EKU, in an email sent on March 20.
For more information about the SAFE, visit https://retentiongraduation.eku.edu/student-assistance-fund-eastern.