Access to Technology

Access to computer equipment, the internet, and software through free and discounted services, and community locations.

FCPS works to ensure that every student has access to reliable technology and the Internet through innovative programs, coordinating and supporting divisionwide and school initiatives, and developing public and private partnerships. Schools also offer computer and MiFi check outs as well as extended library and computer lab access. Explore the variety of options below to see what is right for you.

FCPSOn

FCPS is on a multiyear journey to lead a digital transformation of teaching and learning. This strategic project is called FCPSon and provides students equitable access to meaningful learning experiences and technology that supports student learning both at school and at home. In School Year 2019-2020 all High Schools will join FCPSOn.

Computer Check-Out

Schools have been asked to set aside loaner computers for check-out through the school library. 

  • Please check with your school for more information.

Computer Labs

Schools may offer supervised computer lab or library-media center computer time before- and after- school. 

  • Please check with your school for more information.

MiFi (Mobile Hotspot) Check-out

Schools have mobile hotspot devices (MiFi) for checkout to students identifying as not having Internet access at home; devices provide content filtering.

  • Please check with your school for more information.

Cox Connect2Compete

Connect2Compete supplies broadband internet access to low-income, unconnected families who live in Fairfax County, enabling children to have internet access at home for homework help, online educational materials, and job searches. Qualifying families—those who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who meet other qualifications—will be offered Internet service for $9.95 per month, a free modem rental, free installation, and a price guarantee for two years.

Connect2Compete

Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national non-profit organization working in partnership with Internet providers, hardware and software manufacturers, digital content creators, libraries, and nonprofits to deliver free and affordable internet access, hardware, software, and training to all Americans.

Community Internet Access Maps

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has maps and a list of community internet access sites in your neighborhood and the surrounding area

Fairfax County Computer Clubhouses

Fairfax County runs six after-school computer clubhouses for students.

Fairfax County Public Libraries

The Fairfax County Libraries have over 300 computers and 23 locations across Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Libraries also have WiFi access.

Technology at Home

This program enables students, faculty, and staff to purchase products for home technology use directly from vendors at educational discount rates.

Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program (STAR)

The Virginia STAR program refurbishes donated desktop computers and provides them to families at participating schools.

Wi-Fi Free Spot

Wi-Fi Free Spot is a directory of local businesses and locations with free WiFi access.