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October 2022Vol. 23, No. 8Expanded Child Tax Credit and Affordable Connectivity Program Supports Families in Need

On September 12, 2022, the White House hosted a virtual back-to-school workshop highlighting two programs to support families: the expanded Child Tax Credit, which provides payments to eligible families with children; and the Affordable Connectivity Program, which helps eligible families access high-speed internet. 

The Child Tax Credit was expanded on March 11, 2021, when President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Act. As a result of the expansion, many American families will be eligible to receive $3,000 per child ages 6 to 17 years old and $3,600 per child under the age of 6. If families have not yet filed taxes to receive their full 2021 Child Tax Credit, there is still time. The deadline is October 17. Families MUST file a tax return to receive the full Child Tax Credit.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply for the Child Tax Credit, visit

In addition to the Child Tax Credit, the White House also created the Affordable Connectivity Program, which gives eligible households $30 per month off their internet bills. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. 

To deliver maximum cost savings to families, the Biden-Harris Administration has secured commitments from 20 leading internet providers to offer eligible households a high-speed internet plan for no more than $30 per month. Eligible families who pair their Affordable Connectivity Program benefit with one of these plans can receive high-speed internet at no cost.

To learn more about  the Affordable Connectivity Program, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit Get Internet - The White House.