UWM Laptop Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program

Borrowing a Laptop or Hotspot

This program is designed to help students get through a short term emergency; it is not design for extended use. UWM has a very limited number of used Dell laptops,  Macbooks, and WiFi hotspots made available by private donors. Devices are not new.

The Dean of Students Office will notify students 10 days after they have submitted an application on whether they have been selected to receive a device or have been placed on a waiting list.


  • Devices are not available for students to complete their workplace responsibilities. If you need a device for your campus job or teaching assistantship, please talk to your department.
  • Current student enrolled at least half time.
  • Enrolled in the term in which the device is requested.
  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking or certificate program.
  • No disciplinary holds and good standing with the University.
  • Demonstrated financial need that hinders continued enrollment and success at UWM.
  • Reasonably exhausted all other resources (e.g., computer lab, student loans, friends and family, etc.).
  • For Wi-Fi hotspots, the student must not have checked out a Wi-Fi Hotspot in a previous semester. Students are only eligible to check out a device for one semester throughout the entirety of their enrollment at UWM.

Priority is given eligible applicants who have demonstrated financial need, and have previously not borrowed a device.


  • Students are required to return devices at the end of each semester.
  • Students will be responsible for costs associated with late, lost, or damaged devices.
  • Students must agree to the terms provided when checking out the device at the library.
  • The UWM Help Desk (414-229-4040) will be able to provide tech support similar to what you would receive if you sought assistance for a personal computer,


If you are interested in borrowing a device, please click on this link to fill out a UWM Technology Device application form. Please be sure to answer all questions thoroughly.

UWM Laptop & Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program Application


The Dean of Student office will review new requests on a weekly basis. The Library will contact you within 10 business days to provide instructions on how to pick up a device, or to let you know if devices are no longer available.

Devices must be picked up within 7 days. If a device is not picked up within 7 days, the reservation will be cancelled and the device will be loaned to the next student on the waiting list.

Due Date: SPRING 2023 Laptop and Wifi Devices must be returned by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26th, 2023.

Technology Resources

Campus Computer Laps

Click on the Campus Computer Labs link to find a list of available labs: https://uwm.edu/technology/campus-computer-labs/.

Google Chromebooks

Google Chromebooks are also available at the UWM Library. Please note that the Google Chromebooks may only be loaned for a maximum of 7 days.

Purchase a New Laptop

Students can also shop online for a new MacBook or Dell Laptop from the UWM TechShop and have your purchase shipped to you.

Purchase a Used Laptop or Computer

If you would rather purchase an affordable device, UWM Surplus often has reasonably priced computers and laptops available for sale. Go to the Shop UWM Surplus Facebook page to view inventory or contact UWM Surplus by email or phone at 414-659-1391. Surplus is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to  4 p.m. by appointment only. It is located in the University Services and Research Building north of North First St. and East Capital Drive.

Students can also shop online for a new computer from the UWM TechShop and have your purchase shipped to you.

Federal Affordable Connectivity Program

Students may be eligible for discounts of up to $30/month for internet service ($75 for qualifying tribal lands) and up to $100 for a 1 time purchase of a laptop. Students who receive Pell Grants and/or Food Share are eligibleThe Federal Affordable Connectivity Program site lists additional ways that students may be eligible.

Students must apply: https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/ AND contact their internet provider (who may have an additional application). Here are a few internet providers: 

Financial Resources

Please review https://uwm.edu/deanofstudents/assistance/financial-resources/ for additional ways to help with your technology or financial needs.