Finding Free Laptops for Students

July 17, 2014

I read on here about going through free cycle. That doesn't work so well here in Indiana. One place we were able to find a free laptop is through the college classifieds online. It wasn't perfect and it was in Chinese, but it had a good system. I enjoyed learning enough Chinese to learn what control panel was.


Another place you could try is the for sale/free or the computer/electronics sections on craigslist. Definitely be careful, but sometimes you can find someone who just wants to get rid of an old computer.

Overseas, they had a program for students where they could get a solar powered laptop. There was a promotion where the company was raising funds to donate them. Also, as far as special needs, Easter Seals has a program for kids who, after evaluation, can get what they need.

One last note, research writing a grant proposal. I know this sounds bad, but if you can afford a smart phone, you can afford a computer.

Hope this helps.

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January 8, 2016

I just read about a computer grant you can apply to. I saw it on, they also have discount on computers.


You all should go check it out and, no, I don't work for them. Thank you!

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July 27, 2016

I'm trying to go to college online for teaching and early childhood education. I don't have any money to buy a laptop. How can I go about getting one?

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October 26, 2014

I need a free laptop.

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October 27, 20143 found this helpful

Don't we all.

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October 27, 20142 found this helpful

I'll second that motion! Free anything is difficult to come by.
We have no idea where you live, your age, why you feel you should have a "free laptop", so either improve on your question or try for help in your local community.

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February 23, 2018

I am looking for a free laptop for my engineering studies. Can you give me any advice please?


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February 23, 20180 found this helpful
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There are some universities that will help students get a free laptop for school. You'll need to apply for the grant and check the universities in your are if they offer this type of program or not.


You can also visit this website and find out about all the government programs they have for students and see if you can qualify for one.

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There is financial help to purchase laptops available through many universities and grants. You do not say where you live but most respondents will assume you live in the US.

  • If you do not live in the US then most of the information listed may not apply to you.
  • Your first stop should be the finance/student aid office at the university you attend.
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  • They should be able to tell you if there is money available to help you and if not through them then they will be able to tell you where and how to apply to other places.
  • There will always be certain qualifications for aid of this sort and they can also tell you if you qualify.
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Ideas on how to get free laptop for students

  • Apply for grants
  • Apply for any contests that perhaps involve writing essays, short stories or something for money prize, or laptop
  • Try to enter giveaways on social media (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) from the brands
  • If you're low income you can see if you qualify for any low income subsidy
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  • Long shot but see if anyone is giving away a pre-owned used laptop on Craigslist, Freecycle (or post a wanted for inexpensive if you could afford it)
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May 23, 2016

I'm from Jordan and am studying computer science. I really need laptop and I don't have money to buy it. Is there any organization that can help me plz? Thank you.

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October 1, 2013

I am looking for a organization that could assist me in getting a free laptop, for school. The library only gives me two hours a day, that is not giving me enough time. Also the library is closed on the weekend. Please help. Thank you for your time and consideration.

By Candi


October 13, 20130 found this helpful

Try the website I got one for free through them.

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January 5, 2018

I am 17 and I plan on going to college to get my associates degree and more beyond that. The only problem is that I do not have a laptop that will allow me to do my college courses properly or sufficiently.

Where can I get a free laptop? I cannot afford to buy one. Any help will be appreciated!


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January 6, 20180 found this helpful
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At one point Microsoft was helping out students with free laptop. Unfortunately, this program has long ago expired.

Today there are a few universities that help out students with a laptop. However, most of these are online. You can check with the college you'll be attending and see if they have this program available for you. Otherwise, you can apply for a grant to receive a free laptop.


You'll need to check on, On It Foundation, Computer with Cases is a website, and also Computer Technology Assistance Group.

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Most definitely check with the school you are planning to attend. My sister-in-law attended nursing school and received at the beginning but had to finish to completion to receive her full waiver. As someone else said, there are grants available to help pay for schooling and necessary things like laptops. Ask at admissions and explore your options.

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September 30, 2013

Is there anybody or organisation that could and would help me with a free Laptop PC? I'm a student of a Nigerian university and as such I need a laptop PC for a computer program in school. I'm from a poor home and as such my parents are not able to get me a laptop PC for school. Please I really need help from anybody. Thanks a lot!

By Queenex O.


October 13, 20131 found this helpful

Try the website ...they have branches all over the world. I got a free laptop from them in Canada.

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August 26, 20140 found this helpful

I am student from nigeria. I need used laptops, to help for my school's program needs. As good student you need laptop to ease your school loads. Thank you. I will be so delighted, if some one can extend this kind gesture to me.

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March 13, 2018

I am in desperate need of help and any assistance available. I have been living at a battered womens shelter with my three children. I have a very old laptop and have been using it for the past month with this new job. The only problem is that it's missing 3 keys and is extremely slow. I have patience, but my school requires deadlines and emails. It is very demanding and I can no longer use that laptop. With this new course, one of the requirements was for me to have my own computer, but this one has gone out of commission. Is there a place that will donate used or refurbished laptops? I am also disabled and I beg of you to please help me out. I don't know where else to go or ask. I pray you will be able to help and if not then God bless you and I would greatly appreciate it if you could refer me to someone that can.

I do have all necessary documents to prove my case above.

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May 3, 2017

I need a free laptop for school. Where can I find help?

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January 17, 2017

I am a single mother with a 6 year old boy. His father passed away 2 years ago and I need a laptop to further my education. I have not been able to find a source. Any advice?

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October 4, 2013

I'm a college student at San Diego State University and my laptop was stolen yesterday. All my homework is online and I can't afford a new one. Can anyone help me out?

By Jetta B


October 6, 20130 found this helpful

Borrow a laptop from a friend :) and go to where people in your area give away all kinds of stuff FREE, including laptops.

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September 25, 2013

I can't afford a new laptop at all and I need one that I can get for free. I need it for school.

By Rebecca


September 27, 20130 found this helpful


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August 30, 2013

I need a laptop for school and can't get one on my on. Can someone help me find out where to get a laptop?

By cody.huery


August 30, 20130 found this helpful

I would try a rent to own place and you could try joining, or you could try trading something for it, at a computer store and putting it on layaway to pay off the rest of it. Also the libraries usually have computers for their patrons to use and there are internet cafes that charge a small fee for using them. Believe me you save money because if you own a computer you know how expensive it is to keep working properly.

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April 20, 2020

I am attending the University of Phoenix right now. They do not offer a laptop for school. I'm trying to go to school on my phone and I'm having a really hard time. Can somebody please help me with suggestions for finding a laptop? I need one to work on my University of Phoenix online psychology course.

Thank you.

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