Recommendations for families applying for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) for the best chance of a successful application to GCI and ACS.
- In the ACP application, make sure to select “qualify with child” not “I qualify by myself.”
- I qualify by myself, meaning eligibility is determined through the parents’ income and at the end of the application, there will be an "eligibility could not be determined" message and it will ask for income documents to be submitted.
By qualifying for a child, you can select Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for free and reduced meals eligible school and avoid altogether the income documents needing to be submitted.
- All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) within the last 12 months, including children who attend Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools, are eligible for ACP benefits.
Here is the link to the ASD schools participating in CEP program.
The CEP program is part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). A current Free & Reduced Price Meal letter or a CEP letter from the enrolled student's school combined with a copy of the student's report card can be used as qualifiers for ACP benefits.
- Next, if the school is not on the drop-down list, you will be asked to submit information confirming the student is receiving free and reduced meals in his/her school.
- Submit the Free and Reduced Lunches Letter parents received in the mail.
- When you submit the ACP application, after you select the option for alternate email, you can add your email so that you and the parents both receive status updates on the completed application.
Once the application has been approved, the ACP sends an email saying you have been approved.
This email is especially important. It has the child’s name, application ID #, parent name, how identity was confirmed, as well as general information about the ACP program.
GCI has this website for getting signed up with ACP with GCI:
Additional helpful information for GCI:
- If the parent speaks Tagalog or Spanish, there are options on the main GCI customer Service line, 1 800 800 4800 for both.
- Press 2 for Tagalog and Press 3 for Spanish on the verbal phone tree menu when calling.
- Make sure the parent knows the ACP application ID # when calling so that GCI can apply the discount.
- A GCI representative will then help the family to create a GCI account, apply the discount if they qualified, and establish a new internet service in their home.
ACS has everything included on this website with directions and information regarding the program and how it works with ACS: