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We recommend exploring the following options to buy reasonably-priced technology using your own funds:

  • The College Buys website run by the Foundation for California Community Colleges offers low-priced options for Chromebooks (for example, Lenovo Chromebook for $239.95), laptops (for example, Windows 10 tablet/pc for $189.95), and software (for example, Microsoft office for $39.95).
  • Computers For Classrooms is a nonprofit in Chico, CA that offers lower-cost options for qualifying low-income individuals.
  • Tech Exchange out of Oakland is a nonprofit that offers refurbished computers for purchase.
  • PCs for People offers low-cost technology for qualifying low-income individuals.
  • Best Buy offers student discounts.
  • Microsoft offers student discounts.
  • Computers 4 Kids is a nonprofit in West Sacramento that offers free and low-cost options for qualifying students through a collaboration with United Way. They can be contacted at (916) 572-1152.