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Student Technology Lending Programs

KU IT has partnered with Student Money Management Services and the KU Bookstore to create two programs to help currently enrolled KU Lawrence/Edwards Campus students who may not have an appropriate technology device or adequate internet connectivity due to situations created by the pandemic. Please note that supplies are limited, and we may not be able to meet the needs of every student who applies. Students who are provided a laptop and/or hot spot will need to return devices if they are no longer enrolled in courses or when the program is ended.

The priority deadline has passed for these programs. The priority deadline to apply for laptop loaners and hotspots was August 17th, 2020. Staff are in the process of issuing notices to students who have submitted applications for loaner laptops and/or hotspots. At this time, we do not expect that there will be devices available for future applicants for fall 2020. Students have the option to complete the application to be placed on a waiting list for a device, but there is no guarantee that they will be issued a device.

Loaner Laptop Program

KU currently has a program to lend computers to KU students during the pandemic. You can apply to borrow a Dell laptop for the semester. Upon approval, the laptop will be shipped to your home address for academic use this semester at no cost. There are a limited number of devices available, and students who would like to borrow a laptop are advised to apply as soon as possible. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in current semester
  • Can only apply once per semester
  • Must be experiencing lack of access to a technology device (computer/laptop) due to the pandemic
  • Students who previously received CARES Act funding for technology purchases are not able to receive a loaner laptop
Wi-Fi - home hotspot program

Students living off campus who need access to Wi-Fi to complete coursework can apply to borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot during the pandemic. Approved students will receive a mobile hotspot shipped to their home address at no cost. There are a limited number of devices available, and students who would like to borrow a hotspot are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in current semester
  • Can only apply once per semester
  • Must be experiencing lack of access to internet connectivity due to the pandemic
  • Cannot live in KU student housing, where internet access is available at no cost

 

You will need to login to ku.academicworks.com with your KU Online ID and password to access and fill out the application.

 


KU Libraries

The KU Libraries have stationary computers, scanners, and printers available throughout their spaces available for use during their hours of operation. Students can also checkout laptops, headphones, voice recorders and calculators for free on a first-come, first-served basis in the Anschutz Library Learning Studio or at Watson Library. Technology is also available for check out at the Murphy Art & Architecture Library, the Spahr Engineering Library, and the Music & Dance Library


KU Information Technology

KU IT provides assistance with general technology questions. They also have information on how students can access the Microsoft Office 365 Suite Software (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.) for free.


KU Tech Shop

The KU Bookstore has a Tech Shop where students can purchase technology supplies. The Tech Shop also provides a trade-in service where individuals can trade in used electronics at market value.

  • Location: Kansas Union, Second Floor
  • Phone: 785-864-1361   Email: techshop@ku.edu

 

Community Resources


Connecting For Good

Connecting for Good is a program based in Kansas City that assists low-income communities gain access to internet and training on digital literacy. Their Purchase A Computer Program provides refurbished, donated desktops and laptops at low prices for low-income individuals.

  • Location: 2006 N 3rd St.   Phone: 913-730-0677

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