Student Laptop Loaner Program

The Metropolitan State University Laptop Loaner Program provides laptops to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who need them to complete academic work. Laptops will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis for those that meet the program criteria (up to 50 students).

Participation criteria

The current criteria for participation in the program include:

  • You must be a Metropolitan State University student registered in the current term for at least one credit-bearing course, and not own a computer or other technology device to complete coursework
  • Must be in good financial standing (no holds for past-due balances)

The loan period

In an effort to be fair to all students, laptops must be turned back in at the end of each semester to allow for a computer check-up prior to redistribution.

  • Students enrolled in summer 2020 must return laptops by Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at a location to be determined. We will communicate that based on the changing Covid-19 environment
  • Students enrolled in fall 2020 must return laptops by Friday, December 18, 2020 in the Library and Learning Center

Requesting a laptop for use

To participate in the program, students must:

  • Email covid-19@metrostate.edu to sign up for the program.
    • Please email from your Metro State email account and include your student Tech ID or starID
    • Please also confirm the semester for which you would like to borrow the laptop
  • After you are approved to participate, you'll receive an email confirming the date and time when the laptop is ready for pick up.
    • Visit the second floor circulation desk in the Library and Learning Center (645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul) between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday or between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
    • If you cannot go to the Library during those times, please specify an alternate day/time for pick up at the Library when you submit your request.
  • Students must provide a copy of their student ID. If a student does not have an ID, another form of government-issued ID may be used to have a student ID made; the replacement fee will be waived.
  • Failure to return the laptop by the required date may result in actions including a charge to your university account for the replacement cost of the laptop; loss of privileges to use loaner computers; registration holds; and an initiation of the student conduct process.

The university continues to search for, procure, and expand our capacity to loan additional laptops. As you can imagine, there are challenges to do this because of a slowdown in manufacturing and imports. We know that there are students without access to these critical resources, and we are confident that students will use their best judgment when borrowing resources so those that truly have none at home can access this critical program.

Email questions or concerns about the program to covid-19@metrostate.edu.