Technology Loan Program, Overview

The Technology Loan Program is a partnership established across the campus IT community to loan technology hardware to eligible students who have unmet needs. While originally created for supporting remote learning and working during the Covid-19 pandemic, the program is now intended to provide short-term (1 semester maximum) loans to students in need of equipment.

Note: The Technology Loan Program no longer offers internet hotspot devices. We apologize for the inconvenience.

As of 6/30/21, loaner devices cannot be shipped. You must be able to come to our campus location (Digital Computer Lab) to pick up your equipment.

For information on Continuing Key University Activities, please visit

For information on turning your existing mobile phone into a wireless hotspot, please visit Networking, Remote Access, Turning your mobile phone into a wireless hotspot for your computer


Any student with technology hardware needs should contact the Student Assistance Center (SAC) at 217-333-0050 or The SAC helps students understand university policies and procedures, connects them to campus resources, and supports students in crisis.

Eligible students will be asked to complete a short webform. Once submitted and approved by SAC, the completed form goes to the Tech Services Help Desk to process. At this time, students will be contacted to pick up their device on campus.

Students in need of any special software should refer to Loaner Program, Software Requests and Technology Loaner Program, Student Software Resources .

Faculty/Staff Loans

As of 4/16/21, the Technology Loan Program is no longer available to faculty and staff. As such, faculty and staff with unmet needs should contact their departmental IT support staff to work on fulfilling their technology requirements.

Faculty/Staff Microphones for on-campus teaching

Faculty/staff who are teaching on-campus for the Fall 2021 semester can request a personal microphone to use by filling out the form here.

Equipment Activation Instructions

Set-up and cleaning instructions for all loaned device types are located in Box.

Instructions for setting up smartphones loaned for use with Safer Illinois can be found at Safer Illinois, Smartphone Loan Setup Instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What devices are available for loan?

    • We currently have Windows laptops available. We cannot guarantee that you receive a certain model of computer.

  • What do I do if I have problems with my loaner device?

    • Please contact the Help Desk at or 217-244-7000 for assistance with your loaned device.

  • How long do I get to keep my loaner?

    • At this time, the loaner period is set to last until the end of Summer 2021. If you are graduating or otherwise leaving the university, you will be emailed information regarding the return process for your equipment.

  • How do I return my loaner?

    • If you can drop off the equipment on campus, please contact the Help Desk at or 217-244-7000 for current hours.
    • Please send the equipment back in the original packaging (if possible) with the provided return label. Packages can be dropped off at any UPS pick-up site.
    • Please note, we will not be able to recover any files or personal data from returned laptops. For this reason, please store all files and data on your cloud storage (Box, Google Drive, One Drive).

  • What if I lost the return label?

    • Please contact the Help Desk at or 217-244-7000, and a new label will be emailed to you to print and affix.
    • Please include the following information (all are required):
      • Your name, email, phone number, and what equipment you are returning
      • Where you are shipping from (i.e. your address)
      • The dimensions of the package you are sending back
      • The weight of the package

Keywords:COVID-19, loan, equipment, loaner, technology, covid, renew, renewal keep tlp   Doc ID:99680
Owner:Sarah F.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2020-03-27 14:53 CDTUpdated:2021-06-30 09:43 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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