Information Technology

Get an $11 tablet through the Affordable Connectivity Program

Who: Pell Grant and government program recipients

Is getting reliable internet to complete your coursework an obstacle you face?  Many students have told us this has been a hurdle in their academic experience, and Chico State has responded by partnering with programs that provide students with accessible technology. If you receive a Pell Grant, or receive assistance from any government programs such as SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, etc. you are eligible to receive an Android tablet that comes with a 15 GB/month data plan for just $11. Below are details of how to sign up.

If you sign up in person, tablets are available to take home the same day after your application is approved. If you sign up online, the processing time is about 5-7 business days.

Affordable Connectivity Program event in BMU


How do I know if I am eligible?
Program eligibility can be checked at Excess Telecom
Will my credit card information be stored?

No, you do not need a credit card to sign up and your information will not be stored when you purchase an $11 tablet. 

Which data plans can I get?
Complete list of plans are available on Excess Telecom's website
What if 2 people in my family need a tablet?

ACP provides only one tablet per household.  If multiple people are using the tablet for internet access, larger data plans are available for a reduced fee.

What if I don’t have a social security number?

The verification system for ACP requires an applicant have a social security number to apply.  If you do not have a social security number, students can obtain other resources through the Center for Technology Equity in MLIB 001E.  Contact for more information.

Has this service been verified?

Yes, Chico State has already hosted an event in April of 2023 and many students have benefitted from the program.  Our sister campuses, CSU Fullerton, Bakersfield, and Sacramento have also partnered with this program.