McALLEN – Low cost internet is now available for families participating in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

Currently about 72 percent of McAllen ISD families are considered low socio-economic. The addition to SNAP would give families the opportunity to pay only $5-$10 for internet.

The program is in the trial and error phase and is up for renegotiation in three years. The main goal was to provide internet at no cost.

“We tried to get it free,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said. “Not doing that AT&T's program came pretty close so we're happy to push that out.”

One gigabyte, which would be enough for students to do homework and video games is $5 and five gigabytes would be for $10.

The city identified about 8,000 houses and about 12,000 students do not have internet access.

McAllen ISD families can apply for service online at with the assistance at multiple facilities including:

McAllen Public Library (4001 N. 23rd St.)

Boys & Girls Club of McAllen (4501 N. 34th St.)

Lark Community Center (2601 Lark Ave)

Las Plamas Community Center (1921 N. 25th St.)

Palm View Community Center (3401 Jordan Rd.)