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To help pupils and students: organizations in the USA that will help buy a laptop or donate it for free

Several American charities have made it their mission to provide financially struggling students with a free laptop for study. Lifehacker.

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While there is no shortage of money-saving tips for pupils and students, certain expenses are unavoidable, like buying a laptop. And with computer prices up 1,3% in the last month alone, finding a good deal on this important commodity isn't always easy.

Luckily, there are groups funded by educational nonprofits that will provide laptops to students for free or very cheaply.

Computers with Causes

This is a charity organization, which aims to provide refurbished donor-donated computers to low-income families, foster children, the elderly, and disabled veterans in need. To receive a computer, you must complete computer application form, which will ask you about your current financial situation, including whether you currently receive public assistance in the form of TANF, SSI, SSDI, Social Security, food stamps, etc.

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Your application will be reviewed by the organization and a decision will be made within 30 days regarding your eligibility for a free computer.

Dell Scholars Program

Program Dell Scholars selects 500 students each year to provide financial support for those who may experience financial difficulties in completing their degree. Based on the applications, semi-finalists are selected, who then must submit a copy of their high school diploma, a full statement of the assistance they received under the federal FAFSA program, and an online recommendation.

Calling this initiative "a program that provides a free laptop" is an understatement, as it also provides each selected student with a $20 stipend.

Laptops 4 Learning

This organization provides 25 refurbished laptops to qualified members each month. To apply, you need to create a 90-second video outlining your need for help from the organization. To qualify, you must be a US citizen (or permanent resident), at least 18 years of age, and currently studying or intending to attend an accredited college or university located in the United States.

PCs for People

It organization, whose mission is to provide digital educational assistance to low-income people, families with children and people with disabilities. However, in this case, the computers are not free, PC for People sell refurbished laptops at a significant discount, in particular, you can buy a device for $100 if you meet their income requirements. Since 1998, PC for People has distributed over 190 computers. Each purchase is covered by a one-year warranty.

Connect All

It program membership that helps people access technology to protect the environment. They repair and sell old devices to extend their life and reduce emissions. Connect All sells Dell, HP, Samsung, Acer, Microsoft and Apple laptops starting at $79. Unlike other programs, you do not need to provide income or other documents. Anyone can buy them on the website.

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All computers come with a one-year warranty and are preinstalled with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.

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