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Buying A Laptop With Financial Aid

Sometimes, especially if you have to return the computer eventually, the laptop will come with certain limitations in its operating system. You may be unable to visit certain websites or install external programs. Always be sure to find out the limitations around your laptop before you begin using it for anything that is not directly related to your studies. "}},{"@type":"Question","name":"What happens if the laptop breaks or is stolen? Will I need to return it or pay for a replacement?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":" If your program expects you to return your laptop at the end of your education, you may be responsible for paying the costs to replace or repair it. If you are allowed to keep the laptop after college, you will likely not be responsible for a replacement.

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If you received grant or scholarship money to attend college, you may be able to purchase a laptop with your funds. Some financial aid packages include a stipend specifically reserved for laptops, books, and other school-related expenses.

Key TakeawaysThere are a few private scholarships available for laptops, and many full ride scholarships include a laptop in their package. However, laptop scholarships are altogether less common than scholarships that go towards your tuitionSome schools offer free laptops to all of their students; attending one of these institutions is the most common way to get a free laptop for collegeCertain scholarships allow you to apply their funds towards a laptop; always make sure to check with your awarding agency before using the money for this purpose

Are there any limitations on what I can do with a free laptop I got for college? Each school and program has its own rules as to how your free laptop can be used. Be sure to check with the program that offers you the laptop to see what it can be used for. Sometimes, especially if you have to return the computer eventually, the laptop will come with certain limitations in its operating system. You may be unable to visit certain websites or install external programs. Always be sure to find out the limitations around your laptop before you begin using it for anything that is not directly related to your studies.

Schools may also offer computer insurance in case your laptop is damaged or destroyed. While you may not want to spend the extra money, remember that it's helping to safeguard your educational investment. If you have roommates, kids, or pets, you computer may be more at risk of physical damage. These policies also generally cover theft. If your laptop travels with you, or if you live in a high-crime area, this is important coverage to have.

If your anticipated financial aid is more than what you owe for the semester, you may use your excess aid to purchase books, supplies, or even a laptop through the NOVA Bookstore during the dates shown below. Note that prior to disbursement, excess aid can only be used to make purchases from the NOVA Bookstore, not from other vendors.

Free laptop programs provide computers at no cost to students. Funded by colleges, educational nonprofits and scholarships from leading tech brands, these programs empower students with reliable tech to ensure academic and professional success.

Founded in 2015, Laptops 4 Learning (L4L) equips students with computer access to help them excel in school and the workplace. The mission-driven nonprofit also supports military veterans, who are also eligible for a laptop.

Unlike most refurbished laptop sellers, NFS includes a free four-year warranty with the purchase of a laptop. This warranty includes full tech support to troubleshoot hardware repair, software installation and file recovery.

2. If you received outside scholarships or resources that exceed the student effort level expected within your financial aid award and as a result your University Scholarship has been reduced, you may have the option of using a portion of your outside scholarship(s) as an allowance towards the one-time purchase of a computer.

Laptop ownership usually transfers to you permanently once you graduate or earn a certain number of credits. If you decide to withdraw from the school, you may need to return or buy the laptop you received from the institution.

If you don't qualify for a free laptop from your school, you can still try to save on laptop expenses. For example, you might use your tax refund or your financial aid package to buy an inexpensive laptop for college.

Technology is essential for online college, as most programs require a strong internet connection and a computer. If you plan to take advantage of a free laptop program, there are a few policies you'll need to be familiar with.

There are many features to consider when choosing a laptop for online school. First, make sure the computer's operating system is compatible with any software or programs you'll be using for your online program.

Unless a financial aid source specifically notes it can only be used for tuition, you can likely pay for other school-related expenses with scholarship money, grants, and loans. That includes buying a computer or laptop.

If you receive federal student aid through the FAFSA, you can use those funds to buy a laptop. FAFSA aid can also be used toward room and board, transportation costs, and textbooks. Most student-related expenses can be paid for with federal funds.

Many departments have indicated a preference for particular laptops for a major course of study. Check our Preferred Laptops by Major list for your major or talk with your advisor to determine an appropriate laptop for you.

When should I buy a laptop?We recommend ordering by the end of July to be certain of delivery to your home before you leave for Clemson. (If you are trying to time it to be paid for with a financial aid reimbursement, it is okay to wait until the end of July.)

In general, when buying a computer, IS&T recommends that you purchase hardware that supports the latest operating systems and includes the fastest processor speed and as much memory as your budget will allow. Choose carefully since your laptop will most likely be your primary device during your time as an MIT student.

As mentioned above, IS&T strongly recommends purchasing a 4-year extended warranty to cover manufacturer defects and accidental damage (spilled liquids, drops, etc.) that allow for walk-in repairs. Some warranties only allow mail-in repairs, which could mean being without your laptop for a longer period of time.

If you have already accepted your full financial aid offer and you need additional aid to cover the laptop purchase, you may apply for either an Alternative Loan or a PLUS Loan. If you need assistance with this process, please contact Niner Central.

Maybe, especially in your first couple of years. But as you advance in your academic career, you may find that you need a laptop with more computing power and processing speed. Use these hardware specs as a guide to help ensure your device will last you through graduation.

Some schools offer laptop loaner programs. Participants can check out laptops for the weekend or longer. Other schools give enrollees a discounted laptop for college. Schools may include laptop costs in tuition and fees, which allows students to use financial aid funds to buy a laptop.

Some schools loan laptops until graduation. Then, students own the laptop. Learners who withdraw from these schools may need to return or buy their laptops. Some schools offer a completely free laptop for college. Others charge technology fees to cover the cost.

Moravian provides all incoming students with MacBook Pro laptops and iPads. IT staff help learners set up these devices. The MacBook features a pre-installed app that allows users to download software and access campus resources. Software options include Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, and signature Apple software.

UMC has given laptops to on-campus students and faculty since 1993. The school provides 14-inch HP Elitebooks that can function in laptop or tablet mode.UMC's Campus Notebook Program issues laptops to new and returning students at the start of each semester. Enrollees must return these university-owned laptops if they withdraw. Students who do not return these laptops incur fees for six weeks. They then receive a bill for the market value, plus late fees.

Learners should consider many factors when choosing a laptop for college. Start by listing how you plan to use the device. Check with your prospective schools about the programs and applications you may need.

Students in non-computer-related majors may only need their laptops for basic tasks. For example, they may only use their laptop for word processing or running their schools' academic software. These enrollees do not need laptops with the best CPUs.

Most laptops are 11-17 inches. Size affects price, battery life, and mobility. Smaller-screen laptops often cost and weigh less. This makes them easier to afford and transport. Smaller laptops' batteries may also last longer than larger devices' batteries. Many students buy mid-size laptops with 15-inch screens.

The Laptops 4 Learning (L4L) program allows low-income students to sign up for donations from family, friends, and community members. Once students receive enough donations, they get a free computer. L4L also sells discounted laptops with a one-year warranty, starting at $145.

Many schools give students free laptops as part of enrollment or bundle them into the cost of tuition. Some have eligibility requirements, such as being full-time or living on campus. Check with your school to make sure.

Ivy Tech Community College has partnered with Barnes and Noble to allow students to purchase educationally-related items against pending financial aid for the term. Students with excess pending financial aid may have a line of credit in the Ivy Tech Barnes & Noble bookstore.

Note: due to the reality of remote coursework brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, it is now more important than ever for Lindner students to have a relatively fast, trustworthy laptop that meets all the requirements laid out on this site, including a working webcam (either built-in, or a USB-attached webcam) to participate in class discussions.All Lindner College of Business students are required to have a laptop computer that meets certain hardware standards. Because all software used in LCB coursework is Windows-based, we strongly recommend that your laptop is Windows-based as well. Students with Apple computers can use Windows software by accessing UCVLabs or by installing Boot Camp or VMWare on their Apple computer. However, keep in mind that if your system is not Windows-based, it is your responsibility to purchase and install any additional software and/or access what is available on UCVlabs. 041b061a72


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