Free or Low Cost Internet Access
Step one for academic success as NOVA classes move to remote learning is access to the internet. Many internet providers offer low cost packages based on need but during this time of the COVID-19 virus, some are offering free WiFi packages for 60 days. For NOVA students, that covers the time span that the college has declared for remote learning as classes will resume normally starting April 4th (as of this posting). Additionally, many cellular providers have raised user’s data capacity to Unlimited for 60 days.
For a list of major internet providers and mobile carrier’s offers, check out this PDF-WiFi_Data Plans (links to all listed resources are at the bottom of the post).
As with anything, take extra precautions when using public hotspots or public wifi as it’s an unsecured network. Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission on protecting your information while using public WiFi. For providers offering free or low cost internet, make sure to read the fine print and understand any caveats.
NOVA also offers many services to students who qualify through our Single Stop office! There, they can connect you to resources regarding money, food, health, education, work, legal, immigration, and housing.