Project 10Million is now live and interested schools can begin applying. This is a $10.7 billion effort meant to help students get online not only so they can do their homework, but also so they can participate in virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With Project 10Million, T-Mobile will supply students with free mobile hotspots, 100GB of free data per year, and access to at-cost tablets and laptops.
And because the coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of schools to move to virtual learning, T-Mobile is offering the opportunity for schools to give their students even more data. A school district can choose to take the $500 subsidy that would cover the cost of 100GB of data per year and apply it to plans that offer 100GB per month per student or a fully unlimited plan, which TmoNews reports cost the school $12 and $15 per month, respectively.
If a school does choose to go with those larger data plans, the students will still receive hotspots and data free of charge.
School districts can apply for T-Mobile's Project 10Million right now. T-Mo says that the program is open to eligible students participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). School districts will need to identify and qualify students as NSLP participants.
Project 10Million is T-Mobile's latest effort to help the more than 9 million students in the US without home internet. T-Mo has already helped connect over 1.6 million students in more than 3,100 school districts in the US get online, including partnering with the city of New York to get iPads with data to more than 350,000 students. T-Mo also teamed up with the California Department of Education and Apple to get 1 million students online.