Chip In, a new crowdsource funding program targeting high school seniors and college freshmen was launched by Microsoft to help students crowdsource funds for PCs. In addition to financial assistance from family and friends, Microsoft is partially funding the Chip In effort by contributing 10 percent of the purchase price.and providing students with free software.

VOCABULARY 180Chip In works like a registry and allows students to setup a profile, select the laptop, desktop or all-in-one system they want, then use Facebook to ask friends and family members to pitch-in to help cover the expense of purchasing a new personal computer.

Microsoft hopes that allowing many individuals to contribute to a student’s Chip In fund will make personal computes accessible to students of all walks of life and promotes academic success through technology in the classroom.

Once the funding level is reached, the computer is shipped out to the student. In addition to the computer, Microsoft is providing students with a four-year subscription to Office 365 to the first 10,000 students whose computers are funded by Sept. 1. The Office 365 applications can be downloaded to up to two devices. The service also provides an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 Skype “world minutes.”

The only requirements other than a Facebook account is a valid .edu e-mail address or some other proof of enrollment in an accredited institution.

There are currently 15 computer models from which to choose, all entry level or midrange in price (from a low of $404 for an ASUS 11.6-inch laptop to $1,165 for a 24-inch Sony Viao all-in-one). Other manufacturers include Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba. Two Microsoft Surface tablets are also among the offerings.

The Chip In service is available to students starting now and will run through Sept. 1. Additional details can be found at

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media’s online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters.


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