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Access approved: $20 computers for central Ohio students

Access approved: $20 computers for central Ohio students

Lori Schmidt

In a new program with the goal of improving access to remote education, qualifying central Ohio families with K-12 students can now purchase $20 refurbished computers and a year’s worth of internet access for an additional $20.

Those figures represent one-time, up-front costs, and a limited amount of financial aid is also available. 

The refurbished computer package comes with a monitor, accessories, and basic software, while the internet offer includes a new hotspot device with a 12-month unlimited data plan. Up to 10,000 families are expected to benefit from the program.


This program is being run by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, and the nonprofit group PCs for People. Funding is being provided by the City of Columbus, Franklin County Board Commissioners, Battelle, Cardinal Health, AEP, Chase Foundation, and WCMH NBC 4. 

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to donate funding or computer equipment, something the MORPC said will be necessary to keep the program sustainable.Applications for PCs and internet access are being accepted through this link. Corporations interested in donating equipment may send an email to [email protected].

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