The federal government is providing four free COVID-19 testing kits to every U.S. residential address that requests them at www.covidtests.gov and at 1-800-232-0233 for those without internet access.
Do college students qualify for free at home COVID-19 testing kits?
Yes. College students residing on or off campus may request free testing kits. Students with shared housing addresses (residence halls, apartments buildings, group housing) should each enter their unique room or apartment number, and/or letter A, B, C, D, etc. along with their street address on the ordering form (or via phone).
How can students request free at-home COVID-19 tests if they don’t have internet access?
Students with unreliable or no internet access may call 1-800-232-0233 to request free at-home COVID-19 testing kits.
A student’s request was rejected when they entered a shared housing address. What should they do?
Students should call USPS Customer Service at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to resolve issues with shared housing addresses.
A student’s request was rejected because their on-campus housing address showed up as a “business” rather than “residential” address. What should they do?
Colleges and universities should work with the post office to remedy this system wide as soon as possible. If this cannot be remedied quickly, students may call 1-800-232-0233 to order tests instead of using the web form.
Should students utilize this service if campus already offers COVID-19 testing?
Since testing is widely available on campus, students should consider using existing campus resources, allowing the limited federal supply of tests to reach people most in need of them.
When will the tests arrive and how can we avoid delays?
Orders are expected to ship in 7-12 days. Campus mail services staff will distribute the packages in a timely way.
What resources are available to help students use these tests correctly?
- Binax: Video instructions, Print instructions in Spanish and English
- iHealth: Video instructions, Print instructions in multiple languages
- Roche: Video instructions, Print instructions in English
American College Health Association, Campus COVID-19 Vaccination and Mitigation Initiative. www.acha.org