Project 10Million: Working to connect every student

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Helping ensure internet access is not a barrier to a child’s education.

Last year, we launched Project 10Million as our commitment to close the homework gap. We continue building on last year’s momentum by providing students with free internet, free mobile hotspots, and at-cost devices for students learning online and in the classroom.

Bridging the gap for millions of children.

We can provide school districts with the resources they need to connect students—giving them access to education. “T-Mobile giving us access to Wi-Fi hotspots was 100% the biggest lift that we could have gotten this year." -Brynn Wilson, Renton School District

Interested in Project 10Million? It’s easy to get started.

Empower your district with our biggest and best network ever.

Who is eligible for Project 10Million?

Eligibility for free program is based on school or school district students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and is for students grades K-12.

How do school administrators apply?

Interested schools or school districts can fill out a program request form. Upon receiving your application, a T-Mobile education expert will contact you.

How will devices be distributed?

All hotspots and other devices will be provided to eligible households by their school.

What can a student do with 100GB of data?

It’s enough data for any one of the following:

  • 140 hours

    Streaming school videos

  • 320 hours

    Of online virtual learning

  • 5,000 hours

    Of internet research

  • 200 hours

    Of online college test prep

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The devices you need to stay connected.

School districts will receive one FREE mobile hotspot per eligible household. Schools can also purchase additional devices at cost:

  • Coolpad Tasker tablet
  • Samsung Chromebook 4
  • Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen
  • Lenovo 100e Windows PC 2nd Gen

Are you a school administrator looking to get your school connected?

Beyond the connectivity.

Scholarships and pathways forward.

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We’re investing in America’s future today.

In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the T-Mobile Magenta Scholars program is donating $500,000 to create 18 scholarships for students attending historically black colleges and universities.

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Are you a school administrator looking to get your school connected?

Questions about Project 10Million?

Project 10Million is an initiative aimed at delivering internet connectivity to millions of underserved student households at no cost to them. Partnering with school districts across the country, the program offers free high-speed data and free mobile hotspots—and access to at-cost laptops and tablets.

As the Covid-19 pandemic has made hybrid learning the new norm for millions of students across the U.S., the Un-carrier will continue to enhance Project 10Million to offer more low-cost data options, including unlimited, for school districts to pass on to student households at no cost to them. Each eligible student can still get the 100GB/year plan for FREE OR their school district can apply for our 100GB per month plan—which has about 3x the data we saw used by students at the start of the pandemic.

And we’re offering schools a low-cost unlimited option, too. All options are available on our biggest and best network ever—completely free for students!

School districts can apply on behalf of their students to participate. Project 10Million offers 100GBs/year of free data, free mobile hotspots and access to at-cost laptops and tablets, to eligible students participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)—one per household. Districts will need identify and qualify students as being NSLP-participants. We will continue to enhance Project 10Million to offer low-cost data options, including unlimited, for school districts to pass on to all of their students at no cost to them.

Note: Students or parents (of students) who wish to enroll should talk to their school administrator (Principal or Counsellor) to see if their school district is participating in Project 10Million.

  • If your school district is already signed up, work with your school administrator to see if your child is eligible.
  • If your district hasn’t signed up, talk to your school administrator about starting the application process.

Through their school districts, students can get FREE high-speed data, FREE mobile hotspots, and access to at-cost laptops and tablets. And we will also give school districts low-cost data options, including unlimited, for school districts to pass on to all of their students at no cost to them.

It’s easy! School district administrators can submit an Interest Form via the link on this page. A T-Mobile representative will then reach out to schedule a call and walk through the program details and formal application process. Once the application process is complete and the school is officially in the program, our team will work with administrators to identify eligible students and get them connected to service and hotspots they can distribute to their students. 

Hotspots will be available for districts across the entire country, every single year of the program. To help allocate hotspots fairly, the exact number available in each state will vary based on population.

The school will allocate the Franklin Wireless T9 to students. 

Many school districts have a 1:1 program in place that gives students a laptop they can use at home. For those who don’t currently have a device, we will help them get connected to their free hotspot by offering the district an opportunity to purchase a laptop or tablet at our cost—which T-Mobile will ship to the student’s school for free. They can choose from four different devices, all designed for student and educator use.

  • Tablet option:
    • The Coolpad Tasker 
       
  • Laptop options:
    • Samsung Chromebook 4
    • Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen
    • Lenovo 100e Windows PC 2nd Gen

In education, students’ lack of access to reliable connectivity creates a divide between students who have internet access and those who don’t. This homework gap is the difficulty those without reliable connectivity face in completing assignments and communicating with teachers after the school day is done. It creates tremendous short- and long-term impacts: lower test scores, lower grades and limited opportunities after graduation.

As COVID-19 forces up to 50 million students out of the physical classroom and into part- or full-time remote learning, the need for connectivity and greater bandwidth has dramatically increased. What was a homework gap has turned into an even more massive schoolwork gap, when students without internet access are completely left out of learning.

Today, there are about 56 million school-aged kids. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, at least 14% of children across the country ages three through 18—more than 9 million—are without home Internet. In rural America, that percentage increases to 18%.

Yes! Eligible students (one per household) whose schools are enrolled in Project 10Million can get free high-speed Internet access free mobile hotspots to connect to the Internet. Schools also have the option to purchase at-cost laptops and tablets to distribute to eligible students. And we will also give school districts low-cost data options, including unlimited, for school districts to pass on to all of their students at no cost to them.

  • Certain non-educational video streaming sites
  • Inappropriate websites
  • Restricting minors' access to materials deemed harmful to them

Note: Schools have the option to utilize the T-Mobile filtering or secure their own filter that completes their needs.

Access to the Internet equals access to opportunity. In education, studies show that students without reliable access to the Internet outside of school hours consistently receive lower reading, math, and science scores. This changes drastically when students have equal access to connectivity.

A mobile Wi-Fi hotspot turns a cellular data connection into a Wi-Fi connection. The device creates a wireless connection you can use to connect a tablet, smartphone, computer, or another Wi-Fi-enabled device.

With the power of our biggest and best network ever, T-Mobile promises to make reliable connectivity truly accessible to students, including those in both urban centers as well as underserved areas such as rural America where 1.7 million households are lacking high-speed home internet service today.

Get your school enrolled in Project 10Million.

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