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

FCPSOn is on a multiyear project to transform teaching and learning and provide students equitable access to meaningful learning experiences and technology tools both at school and at home. High Schools joined FCPSOn in School Year 2019-2020 and Middle Schools in 2020-2021.

Computer Check-Out

Elementary and Middle 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 is Cox’s affordable, in-home internet product for low-income families with school-aged children. Families who live in Fairfax County can learn more about Connect2Compete and apply for $9.95/month internet access. With broadband speeds of 25/3 mbps, students can use the internet for homework, online help/tutoring, access to educational materials, college applications, job searches, and so much more.

Households who meet all of the following criteria qualify for the program:

  • A child in a K-12 school.
  • Participate in at least one of the following government subsidy programs (proof of participation required):
    • National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
    • Public Housing.
  • Have not subscribed to Cox internet service within the last 90 days.
  • Have no outstanding debt or unreturned equipment with Cox. (Families can pay off their bill or return equipment then sign up.)

Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment are available through Cox's association with PCs for People.

EveryoneOn

EveryoneOn 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 Technology Programs

Fairfax County runs several programs that provide academic support, promote digital literacy and project-based learning, and access to technology resources: Clubhouse Network, Community Technology Program, and Access Fairfax.

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.