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COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus: Other free student resources

This is your guide to academic resources that are free due to the virus. It also contains links to sources of up-to-date Cuesta, regional, national and global information about the pandemic.

Chromebook Checkouts

Chromebooks are still available for checkout. Offices listed below are open on Monday - Friday between 8 - 5. 

North County Campus Center (building N1000) 2nd floor 
San Luis Obispo Library (building 3200) 2nd floor

By the end of the semester, please return your Chromebook to the campus where you checked it out. Questions about extending your due date can be sent to


Free internet

If they apply by December 31, 2020, new customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.

Also, all Comcast Xfinity WiFi public hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free access. 

Link to partial list of Comcast Xfinity public hotspots in San Luis Obispo county. 

How to Use Zoom

This 13 minute video from the Zoom corporation provides an overview of how to install and use Zoom as a student. It also includes student success tips and a link to Zoom 24/7 help. 

How safe is Zoom? 

This March 30, 2020 article from Popular Mechanics reveals the security risks of using Zoom and provides tips for protecting your privacy from the Zoom corporation and online hackers.

Free streaming media and more

Residents of the Black Gold Cooperative member libraries service area can now get immediate 24/7 access to online services without having to visit a library. Your eCard will allow access to bestselling eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, TV shows, and movies from Kanopy, OverDrive, Hoopla, and Enki. Need an eCard? Fill out this form for instant access!


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Free online tutoring

Click on the image above for access to 24/7 online tutoring as well as a link to Cuesta's Student Success tutors. 


Practice videos

Being a successful online student


This website presents the most essential information for succeeding as an online student: how to access affordable internet, get organized, and tackle the basics in Canvas.