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Are there any programs or grants to obtain a free laptop?

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The On It Foundation provides free computers to low-income students in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the organization's website. Students who receive free or reduced lunch at public schools are eligible to apply for a computer, free training and free Internet service. Those who don't qualify for a free computer may be able to purchase a deeply discounted refurbished computer through its companion program, The Jump On It program.

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To apply for a free computer, parents must write a letter to the On It Foundation, including the student's name, age, grade, school name and school phone number. The parent must include written verification of the student's enrollment in the free or reduced lunch program. Free computers are based on availability, and the foundation maintains a waiting list when there are insufficient supplies.

Everyone On is another nonprofit foundation that offers deeply discounted tablets, laptops and other computers to low-income people. It offers free and deeply discounted home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia, as well as free training at community locations throughout the Unites States and online.

Some colleges offer free or deeply discounted iPads or laptops to their students, according to the Open Education Database.

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