How to use the program
Eastern Illinois University has established relationships with computer manufacturers to offer laptop computers to the students and their families at an educational discount. The manufacturers have established sites for EIU students to purchase a laptop configured to meet the recommended minimum specifications to be compatible with the EIU networks. The customer service representative of the manufacturer will answer any question you may have about the configurations.
A particular academic major may have specific requirements for a laptop configuration. It is recommended the student visit the website of the academic department to determine if the department has different requirements. The academic department can be located at the EIU "A to Z Index" and at the EIU Union Bookstore.
Warranty Service and Accidental Damage Protection may be purchased from the manufacturer at the time of purchase. Eastern recommends the student purchase the Warranty Service and Accidental Damage Protection for as long as the student will own the laptop. Additional Accidental Damage Protection and coverage for loss may be covered by the family Homeowners Insurance. Eastern Illinois University is not responsible for service of the laptops; students will need to follow the manufacturer's instructions for service.
Students who have not reached their annual academic year maximum for a Federal Direct Student Loan may be considered for a loan increase to assist in funding the purchase of a personal computer. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-581-3714.