Free COVID-19 Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty

March 18, 2020

As we come together as a community during the COVID-19 outbreak, here are some additional resources you can use.

Major Communications Companies Provide Free Access to Wi-Fi Hotspots, Waive Late Fees

Working with the Federal Communications Commission, all of the country’s major communications companies—including AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon—have agreed to the following measures during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • No company will terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills.
  • All companies will waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances.
  • All companies will open their Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone who needs them.

More information can be found here.

Comcast to Provide Free Internet for Qualified Families, Free Wi-Fi For Everyone

Low-income households, veterans, and the elderly will be given 60 days of free, fast internet through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. Comcast will also be providing free access to any of its Wi-Fi hotspots, pausing any service terminations, and waiving any late fees. More information here.  

Free Internet TV Options

Pluto TV is providing free access to movies, shows, and sports channels here. Kanopy is providing free access to kids’ programming after you log in with any library card. 

Free Access to Performances from the Metropolitan Opera

While it’s closed, the Metropolitan Opera in New York will be providing free access to taped performances.

Resources for Parents at Home with School-Aged Children

To help kids continue their education while they’re out of school, here are several free educational resources.

APS Providing Free Meals to School-Age Students Under the Age of 18

Every day during the week, APS is providing Grab-and-Go meals to students between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. You can find a list of pick-up sites here.

 New Mexico Expands Unemployment Insurance Benefits 

Workers who might face layoffs or a reduction in hours as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak can check here to see if they qualify for Unemployment Insurance Benefits here

Resources for the Elderly and Others Who Can’t Leave Their Homes

  • The Robert Sotela Foundation is delivering care packages to the elderly and anyone else in need. Please call 505-339-5440 for assistance.
  • If you are a senior or disabled adult and cannot access groceries, please call New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services at 1-800-432-2080. Leave a message with your name, telephone number, and the city/town where you live. A member of the agency will return your call within two hours.