Yes it’s true, and very possible to get free computers for low-income students. You may have already noticed there are real scams online regarding free computers or laptops. However there are several if not more legitimate programs for which low-income students could qualify for a free computer or laptop. Which I have listed below. These are real programs that offer real cheap or free computers for students.
Being a student comes with lots of expenses, but that’s no reason to give up on your dreams. There are many deals on computers and ways to possibly get free computers for low-income students in need of one. You will find that some programs are only for college students, while others for both students in college and K-12 students too. Not all of these programs listed below are easily explained, so I urge you to email or chat with each programs customer service to get more details and ask questions. Be aware all programs will require some type of verification.
PC’s For People has locations in multiple cities in Minnesota such as: St. Paul, Mankato, Grand Rapids and International Falls. They provide affordable personal computers, computer repairs, and internet service to people with limited technological experience due to social, physical, or economic circumstances. They have listed that any family or individual receiving government assistance or living below 200% of the federal poverty line is eligible for their services. www.pcsforpeople.com. Click here for more information on the programs.
InterConnection offers discounted computers for low-income families and students. Computers start as low as $99. Click here for more information. Only people who meet certain low-income criteria are eligible to purchase products. Click here to for registration, it’s fast and free!
Desktops, Laptops, Macs, Combos, Monitors and Peripherals
- 12 month warranty
- Microsoft office included
- Certified refurbished
- Free shipping
Computers with Causes is another amazing program helping students and people truly in need of a computer. They do a very strict need assessment, background and reference check, which will eliminate any false requests that help to benefit those who are truly in need. You can complete a form listed on their site here, and explain to them why you feel you are a good candidate for a free computer. Please do not call them. The phone lines are only dedicated to “accepting” donations. Please respect this request.
EveryoneOn.org is working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. They work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted computers and tablets. Prices include: $150 for tablets and $199 for laptops.
- Find internet for your home as low as $10 a month
- Discover free courses to help you learn how to use the computer
- Purchase low-cost computers or tablets
Jump On It Program was started by The On It Foundation. Both of these programs offers computers for free or very low cost. The On It Foundation has been providing free computers and computer training to K-12 students and their families for over a decade. This is a national 501(c )(3) public non-profit organization that offers FREE computers and computer training for low income families that have students and students in grades K-12 that attend a public/home school and reside within the United States. That can also provide proof of low-income, such as document of Medicaid, SSI, TANF, GA-U, DSHS support, free or reduced school lunch , or proof that you earn less than $23,800. The Jump On It program is to help families and students that do not qualify for their free computers. This program allows them to purchase a very low-cost computer with their free low cost layaway computer purchase program.
Computers 4 Students work closely with schools and other organizations to make certain that computers go to students who need them. By working with schools teachers, social workers and organizational directors who qualify the students, we are confident that the students who they indicate need the computers, that these are families who cannot provide them one. While these computers are not free, they are very cheap. You can purchase a laptop as low as $150 and a desktop cost $80. Be sure to click “Need a Computer” at the bottom of the site. Click here for the application form.
Computers for Learning does not offer a lot of information on site. However you can have your school register you for a free computer by getting started where is says “Schools – Handy Helper School Instructions at the bottom. Then click the link for further instructions. Please note: schools are only eligible if they can provide a National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) number issued by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are an educational nonprofit organization you must supply a valid 501C number on the registration form. Click here for more information.
- Sys # 1301nw: Core 2 Duo / Duo Core desktop, 1 GB memory, 160+ gig HDD.
- Sys # 1304nw: Laptop, 1.0 GB memory, 80+ GB HDD, AC adaptor.
- The CRC system# of the computer you want.
- The software programs you intend to run on the computer.
- How you will use the computer in your program.
- Who will benefit from this computer.
Click here for information on how to apply.
Websites to donate your old computer for free: