Laptop Loan FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be issued either an Apple MacBook or a Dell Latitude. Students are asked on the Laptop Loan application to select a preference as to which type will best suit their needs. This information, along with the number of applicants per each type of laptop, will determine which laptop each student will receive. 

The laptop is property of the University; however, during the loan period, you will be responsible for the laptop. If there is any damage to the laptop, or if it is lost or stolen, the cost of repairs or replacement will be charged to your Bursar account and may be taken out of your financial aid package.

Laptops are checked out at the Collab Lab every August for the academic year. You will be notified in July if you will be receiving a laptop. You will need to bring two items to check out a laptop: your valid BGSU ID and your class schedule for the upcoming semester. You can get a copy of your schedule from the Office of Registration and Records or by logging onto the MyBGSU website. 

Yes, late fees will accumulate if the laptops are not returned by the due date. 

Since you are financially responsible for the full value of the laptop, it is strongly recommended that you secure it. In addition, laptops can be easily stolen. You have two security options: lock it in a footlocker, file cabinet, or safe of some sort, or buy a security cable. There are numerous companies that make specialized cables for laptops, such as Kensington, Targus, and Belkin. You could also use a cable lock to secure your laptop. Generally speaking, the more expensive the lock, the better it will be. 

Each laptop comes with Microsoft Office, Internet browser, and anti-virus software already installed. This same software is also used in nearly all campus labs, so you won't have to worry about compatibility or formatting issues between different programs.