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 by exploring innovative programs, coordinating and supporting divisionwide and school initiatives, and developing public and private partnerships. FCPS has relationships with community business and organizations to provide free or discounted computers and internet service. Schools also offer computer and mifi (mini wifi) check outs as well as extended library and computer lab access. Check out the variety of options below to see what is right for you.

eLearning Backpack Grant

Six FCPS schools qualify for the Virginia eLearning Backpack Grant. The schools are Annandale High School, Fairfax Adult High School, Falls Church High School, Lee High School, Mount Vernon High School, and Stuart High School. The purpose of the four year Virginia e-Learning Backpack Initiative is to provide every ninth-grade student attending select public schools with a tablet computer, digital content and applications, and access to content creation tools. The goals of the grant are to:

  • Improve student achievement and graduation and dropout rates
  • Support virtual learning
  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences for academic success
  • Develop student skill sets to be globally competitive and technology proficient


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

Computer Check-Out

Each school has been asked to set aside computers for check-out through the school library. 

  • Please check with your principal for more information.

Computer Donations

FCPS donation portal is a way to connect businesses and private donors with FCPS needs. Donated computers are refurbished by FCPS academy students.

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 (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.

Comcast Internet Essentials

Families of children on free or reduced-price meals living in the Comcast service area may be eligible for $9.95 monthly internet access and low cost computers.

Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program (STAR)

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

Computer Labs

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

  • Please check with your principal for more information.

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.

MiFi (Mobile Hotspot) Checkout

Schools can request mobile hotspot devices (MiFi) through the IT Service catalog to checkout to students identifying as not having Internet access at home.  The MiFi’s are equipped with built-in content filtering.

  • Please check with your principal for more information.

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.

Wi-Fi Free Spot

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