Laptop and Wifi Hotspot Lending Program

Read more about the development of this program and STF's COVID-19 relief work here.

If you are a student without the technology resources you need

  • Complete this needs assessment.  
    Submitting the needs assessment form informs us of the scope of Cal students' technology needs.  It does not guarantee a device will be provided.  However, while supplies last, we will reach out to students with information about mailing them free resources.  As of mid-April, we have already distributed 400/470 laptops and 200/200 WiFi hotspots.  If/when more devices become available, we will expand our service delivery.  Please understand that this is an emergency relief program with no dedicated staff.  Note also that the supply chain is impacted by COVID-19.  We are working as quickly as we can, but it is not possible to immediately meet all students' needs.
  • Apply through this portal for cash relief to fund technology purchases, and/or basic needs.
    Please note that you must be signed into your Berkeley email address to access the portal.  This resource is open to all students, graduate, undergraduate, international and undocumented students, as well as anyone else who did not submit a FAFSA application. 
  • Consider taking advantage of student discounts on devices from major retailers.  Ensure any device purchased meets Minimum Security Standards for Networked Devices and keep in mind that your Student Technology Fee entitles you to free software.
  • If you are without reliable home internet, explore these off-campus internet access resources.
  • If you are a disabled student in need of technology, consider applying for a DSP technology grant
  • When campus re-opens, explore campus-based hardware lending programs.
  • During this time, Student Tech Helpdesk Support continues to be available Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm, including during spring break, by phone and email (510-642-HELP,

FAQs about STF's Technology Access Program  

How do I participate in this program, and is there a cost?
Access to any of the below resources is free for UCB undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  To check-out any of the below, students must complete this needs assessment

How do I find out if I'll be receiving a device from this program?
After you submit your response to the needs assessment, we will email you to inform you about whether a device that meets your needs is available.

When might I receive a device?
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting supply chains and delivery times; we are doing our best to meet students' technology needs expediently.  As they become available, we will mail devices to students who are notified that they will be receiving a device. Be sure to submit a complete address in the needs assessment.

Can you send devices internationally?
Please note that we CANNOT ship to addresses outside of the United States.  If you are living outside of the United States, please apply, through this portal, for a cash award to purchase the technology you need in the country in which you reside.   

Do I get to choose which device I get, or is that chosen for me based on my needs assessment form responses?
Based on availability, we will do our best to match you with a device of your preference.  There is an option to indicate your devices preference in the needs assessment form.  Please explain in the comments section of the needs assessment whether you have particular computing needs.

Who can I reach out to with questions?

Available Devices

Loan Duration

Specs and Other Notes

Hotspot: Somin XP8 Up to 6 months Hardware and free 6-month service plan available.  For students living in AT&T service area only.  See Q&As for more information here.
Laptop: Dell Latitude 7400 

Semester check-out.  Form to renew
check-out of devices will be emailed to device holders in August 2020.

Comprehensive info on Dell Latitude 7400s.
  • Processor: 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor (4 Core,6MB Cache, 1.6GHz,15W)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit English, French, Spanish
  • RAM: 4GB, 1x4GB, DDR4 Non-ECC
  • Hard Drive: M.2 128GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive
Laptop: HP Chromebook Up to 4 years Comprehensive info on Chromebooks.  
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N4000
  • Operating System: Chrome OS
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Hard Drive: 32GB eMMC


Sonim XP8 hotspots being prepared for distribution from Unit 2, March 2020

Student Technology Fund staff transporting Dell laptops for shipment to students, April 2020

Student Technology Fund and FedEx staff packaging Chromebooks and hotspots for shipment to students, April 2020

Student Technology Fund Committee member and staff member with a U-Haul filled with Chromebooks being transported to FedEx for shipment, April 2020