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.
For information on Continuing Key University Activities, please visit https://go.illinois.edu/stayconnected.
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.
Students, faculty, and staff requesting cellular loan equipment will need to indicate the available cellular carrier on their submitted webform:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, loaned 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 and staff with unmet needs should contact their departmental IT support staff. Departmental IT staff will vet the need and work within the College to seek approval. Given the limited supply of devices, priority will be given to those involved in instruction and student support.
Eligible faculty/staff should fill out the webform. Once submitted and approved by the College, loaned equipment will be shipped to the address provided by the employee with use and return instructions.
Note: Please submit the form with your correct college selected. If you choose the incorrect college, your application will experience delays. If you are not sure what college to select, you can check using our spreadsheet.
Equipment Activation Instructions
All packing materials and labels shipped with loaned equipment should be retained for returning.
Instructions for setting up smartphones loaned for use with Safer Illinois can be found at Safer Illinois, Smartphone Loan Setup Instructions .