Indiana State University Newsroom

University works to make laptops affordable

July 12, 2012

As part of its efforts at ensuring college affordability, Indiana State University is making it easier for all incoming students to meet the university's requirement of owning a laptop computer.

First-time freshmen preparing to start classes next month can take advantage of a pilot rental program that includes a rent-to-own option.

"At Indiana State, we are continually looking for ways to remove economic barriers to attending college and completing a four-year degree. This laptop rental program will help ensure that every incoming freshman has the tools needed to be successful starting with the first day of classes," said Dan Bradley, ISU president.

About 1,500 incoming freshmen will receive a free computer under the ISU Laptop Award scholarship program. The rental program allows students who don't qualify for a free computer to rent a new laptop for $100 per semester, or a used laptop for $75 per semester. Rental costs can be applied toward the cost of a laptop so students can own a computer after three years.

Indiana State's Office of Information Technology launched the laptop rental program on Monday and dozens of families have already signed up, said Lisa Spence, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief information officer.

"This program has come together in just the past month as we examined the best way to implement it and crunched the numbers to arrive at rental terms that are affordable to students as well as the university," Spence said. "We appreciate the university's business office working with us to ensure the launch of the program in time for the start of the fall semester."

Interested students must sign up for the program by July 20 in order to receive a laptop in time for the first day of classes on Aug. 21. More information and a link to a laptop reservation form are available at

Contact: Yancy Phillips, director of user services, Office of Information Technology, Indiana State University, 812-237-2100 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or