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VSU to Provide Students with Computers for Fall 2020

Published date: August 13, 2020

Program Designed to Assist Students With Online Education

Virginia State University, VA- Virginia State University has announced an initiative to provide every enrolled undergraduate student with a technology stipend to assist with online education. The stipend is not a part of the students’ financial aid package and students are not required to pay it back.

Each student who is enrolled and validated for fall 2020 will receive up to a $500 stipend. The monies can be used for computers and/or computer related accessories. Purchases will be made via the VSU Online Bookstore. The products will then be mailed to the students’ home address. VSU also recognizes that even with the computer stipend, some students may not have access to the internet. Therefore, VSU is also working with philanthropic partners in an effort to provide students who reside in areas without internet service the opportunity to apply to receive a wireless internet device.

“With more classes transitioning to online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is imperative to increase our efforts to provide students with the technology they need to be successful,” says VSU President, Dr. Makola Abdullah. “We are doing what we can to help narrow the technology divide and provide our students with the necessary tools to foster online collaboration and curricular support in this environment.”

The computer stipend is funded by public and private donors. The total initiative could cost an estimated two million dollars. Validated students could begin using the online funds as early as this week.