ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud school district will soon have access to greater high-speed internet for students to complete homework and other online learning opportunities.

Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced Thursday, St. Cloud and 11 other schools will receive a new state grant to help expand broadband access to students outside of the classroom.

St. Cloud will receive over $40,000 of the $500,000 state grant.

33 school districts across the state applied for the grant, however due to limited funding the grant was capped to 12 school districts.

Cassellius says the funding will help level the playing field for kids who live in under-served areas of the state to help the succeed in school and achieve their highest goals.

The Princeton School District was also awarded over $44,000 from the grant.