Device Lending

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Student Technology Equity Program (STEP)

The Student Technology Equity Program provides long-term loans of Lenovo ThinkPad laptops and Somin XP8 WiFi hotspots to students. Eligibility is determined based on financial need, previous support received, and instructional role (e.g. GSI).

Applications are now open; submit yours by July 15th, 2020 for priority consideration. If you have any questions check out the FAQ page or email ucbstep@berkeley.edu.

Library Laptop Lending (currently on pause)

The Library Laptop lending program is available to UC Berkeley students with a valid Cal ID.

  • 13" Apple Macbook Air laptops (some can also run Windows) are available for checkout 
  • Loan periods range from 4 hours to 14 days and vary by location (see website) 
  • Students must be in good standing (no fines, overdue items, or blocks) in order to be eligible 
  • Check equipment availability and make reservations on OskiCat

Android and Apple USB wall chargers with cables are also available for check-out at the Moffitt and Engineering Library Circulation Desks.

Semester Chromebook Loans for Foundations in Data Science Students 

Students enrolled in Foundations of Data Science (CS / Info / Statistics C8) or connector courses at Berkeley can now borrow laptop computers from the Library for the entire semester. Visit Berkeley Data Science for more information.

iClicker Loans for EOP Students (currently on pause)

EOP Students in need of an iClicker for summer classes can apply to borrow one free of charge. 

If none of these options work for you...

...or you want to purchase your own device, we recommend looking into Student Discounts on Technology through retailers like Apple, Dell, Lenovo and more.

If helpful, you may apply for a Cost of Attendance Adjustment through the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office to purchase a computer once every three years. Undergrads are eligible for up to $2,500 and grad students for up to $3,000. If approved, this may possibly come as a grant, but more often comes in the form of a loan.