September 9, 2019

Dell laptops to be available to Pell-eligible incoming first-year students at zero out-of-pocket cost

Staff member helping student at service counter
The Warrior Laptop Program will offer Pell-eligible incoming first-time, first-year students the opportunity to claim a refurbished Dell laptop at zero out-of-pocket cost. Eligible students can pick up their laptop at the C&IT Help Desk.

A Provost office collaboration between Enrollment Management and Computing and Information Technology (C&IT) has created the Warrior Laptop Program as another method to encourage success for Wayne State University students. The program will offer Pell-eligible incoming first-time, first-year students the opportunity to claim a refurbished Dell laptop at zero out-of-pocket cost.

For some students, it can come down to choosing between buying a laptop or something more essential. One of the goals of the Warrior Laptop Program is to help students eliminate those difficult decisions.  

“At Wayne State University, we are constantly looking for ways to help our students focus more on their coursework and spend less time figuring out how to pay for materials that can help them succeed,” said Provost Keith Whitfield. “This laptop program is a great way Wayne State can help make a difference in the life of a student who may not have otherwise had an option to buy a laptop.”

“We sometimes find that students attempt to write papers and do assignments on their phone because that’s their portable computer,” said Dawn Medley, associate vice president of enrollment management. “While students are very used to their phone’s technology, we also believe that having the opportunity to type on a keyboard and see their work on a full display will lead to more success when it comes to composition and constructing papers.”

In order to qualify to receive a laptop, students must: 1) be Pell eligible; 2) be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours in the fall 2019 semester; and 3) begin Wayne State in fall 2019 as an incoming first-year undergraduate student.

Students who meet the above criteria will be contacted in early September via email. C&IT has created a way for the first round of interested students to check their eligibility. By clicking a link, a QR code is generated that can be used to claim their laptop. Students who click the link and find they do not meet the criteria but believe they should be eligible can email Student.Laptops@wayne.edu. No student can receive more than one laptop through the Warrior Laptop Program.

“It is always exciting to see our partnerships translate into something meaningful for student success,” said Melissa Crabtree, senior director of desktop technology and customer service. “For this project, it was both our partnership with Dell and C&IT’s partnership with Enrollment Management, and we couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.”

Eligible students can pick up their laptop at the C&IT Help Desk, located in the lower level of the Student Center. Help Desk staff will scan each student’s QR claim code to confirm the student’s eligibility. Laptops will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and come with a 14-day return policy along with support from the Help Desk.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to WSU students,” said Kate Dyki, project manager for enrollment management. “Having access to a personal laptop can help maximize student engagement by providing easy, immediate access to online courses and research materials from anywhere.”

Students can request to be placed on a waiting list at the C&IT Help Desk should demand exceed supply. Students who are placed on the wait list will be notified via email when their laptop is ready for pickup.

The goal of the Warrior Laptop Program is to be able to offer all first-time, first-year students the option to purchase a refurbished laptop at the discounted price of $150 regardless of financial need. Eventually, WSU hopes to allow all full-time undergraduate students the opportunity to purchase a laptop at the discounted price.

Contact

Shawn Wright
Phone: 313-577-4562
Email: shawn.wright@wayne.edu