This page will go over resources to help resolve issues accessing a computer to successfully complete school work. If you do not have access to internet, please look at the Internet Access page.
How do I access an affordable computer?
There are few avenues to explore when looking to access an affordable computer. Here are some suggestions on where to start:
1. Check out your local library as many public libraries are now starting to offer Chromebooks that you can check out and use at home (like a library book). Search your local library and then look for things like "services," "technology," "laptops," and "chromebooks." Almost every library has computers that can be used while in the library as well. If you aren't able to find anything online, call the listed number and ask the librarian. These are good options to temporarily support you while you find a longer term solution.
2. Utilize the Everyone On platform to search through different computer (and internet) offerings in your zip code. The platform will ask you about a variety of potential eligibility criteria, once you make your selections you will then see what is available. Scroll down to “Devices Offers” to view the computer options. It will list national programs as well as local internet provider programs.
Human-I-T connects low-income individuals to technology (desktops, laptops, etc.) and internet. By reusing instead of recycling electronics, our team transforms e-waste into opportunities to promote digital inclusion and digital access. Click the link to view the products they currently have in stock.
This program offers student discount laptops to students, including college students. They also offer a free 4-year warranty with purchases as well. They ship laptops and devices to pretty much anywhere in the US. (please read that section as you will have to sign for it upon arrival).
The On It Foundation’s – (Opportunities Necessary to Increase Technology) mission is dedicated to providing free computers along with computer training and Internet access to low-income families with students in grades K-12 receive a free or reduced school lunch and reside within the United States. Click the link to learn more about how to apply.
Computers 2 Kids (C2K) believes all children and their families in San Diego, regardless of their economic status, need to be computer literate and have equal access to technology and the crucial educational, occupational, and financial resources that technology can provide to improve their educational options and their futures. Our Technology Assistance Program recycles and refurbishes used computers and delivers them to families in need.
Our systems come with a one-year free warranty. After the first year, C2K provides lifetime technical support to our recipient families for only $20 a service call. If we cannot fix the system, we replace the system with a newer model, ensuring the family stays connected for years to come.
$80 for desktops
$100 for Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e (11' touchscreen)
Student Wellness staff can provide support and assistance to active students (including those on a leave of absence) with a variety of issues through one-on-one case management support. Here are some of the more frequent situations that staff works with students on:
- Mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, etc.)
- Housing, financial, and food insecurities
- Financial wellness and budgeting
- Other personal matters impacting academic success
If you would like for a Student Wellness team member to reach out to you within 2 business days, please complete this form and someone will be in touch!