Technology Loan Program, Overview

The Technology Loan Program is a partnership established across the campus IT community to loan technology hardware to eligible students, faculty, and staff who have unmet needs. This includes the loaning of computers and internet hotspot technologies to support online learning and work-from-home activities for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.

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

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

While the loaner cellular devices have unlimited data plans, carriers are continuing to throttle speeds after reaching specific threshold.  Traditionally, these thresholds occur after 25G. Please be aware of this when downloading large files. Data usage and any throttling will reset after the following billing period of each month, which is on the 1st for Verizon and the 10th for AT&T.


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 located within Champaign-Urbana will be contacted to pick up their device on campus. For non-local students, equipment will be shipped to the address provided by the student with use and return instructions.

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

All packing materials and labels shipped with loaned equipment should be retained for returning.

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.

  • 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 Spring 2021. If you are graduating or otherwise leaving the university, you will be emailed information regarding the return process for your equipment.

  • How long will it take to ship?

    • Once your request has been processed, you will receive shipping information via email. Please refer to the tracking number in this email to determine the estimated arrival for your device. We cannot provide a delivery estimate until you receive tracking information.

  • How do I return my loaner?

    • 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.
    • If you can drop off the equipment on campus, please contact the Help Desk at or 217-244-7000 for current hours.
    • 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:
      • 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:2021-06-14 09:40 CDT
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