What good is free college without affordable broadband?

What good is free college without affordable broadband?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, one of the most invisible inequities during last year’s emergency remote learning experiment was the fact that many students had very varied access to high-speed internet, including 57 percent of students claiming that accessing high-speed internet was difficult for them as reported in a Third Way and New America research study.

The Affordable Connectivity Program, currently tucked into the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, would make permanent a $30 per month subsidy for student Pell recipients, for their broadband connection.

The takeaway? As we work to make higher education as flexible as possible for prospective students, we can’t forget the one critical factor currently making it not so for 57% of the population.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.