Applying for a Computer

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Program Information

Online Application - Computer Recipient
Class Descriptions
Class Calendar
Donate Computers

Contact Information
Name: Michael Aganmayo
Phone #: (612) 624-3704
Email: maganmay@umn.edu 

Office Hours:
9 AM - 4:30 PM M-Th
9 AM - 4:00 PM Friday

Technology Empowerment Center
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55411

 

Requirements

To receive a computer from the Technology Empowerment Center, you must:

  • Meet income requirements listed below
  • Complete application and show proof of address and income
  • Be a permanent resident of the Twin Cities metro area
  • Pay $50 for individuals and $100 for nonprofit organizations
  • Attend two computer classes of your choice and the required Internet Safety class (refer to the computer class page for a list of classes)

If you do not meet the income requirements listed below, you have the option to purchase a computer at a very low cost. For more information, call our office at 612-624-3704.

All applicants must come to our office and provide proof of address and income. You can sign up for classes in-person or online.

 

Eligibility

To receive a computer from Technology Empowerment Center, you must live in the Twin Cities area, have some type of income and fall below the 150% poverty level.  Below are the current poverty guidelines.

Persons in Family
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Max Allowed Income
$17,820
$24,030
$30,240
$36,450
$42,660
$48,870
$55,095
$61,335

For those who fall under the income guidelines and may be receiving government assistance, documentation for the application process includes any of the following:

  • MFIP benefits statement
  • General Assistance (GA) benefits statement
  • The prior year's state, federal or tribal tax return
  • Three consecutive months’ worth of income statements from an employer or paycheck stubs within the current calendar year
  • A Veteran Administration statement of benefits
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security statement
  • An Unemployment/Workmen's Compensation statement of benefits
  • Federal or tribal notice letter of participation in General Assistance
  • Class enrollment for college bound students

NOTE: WE ONLY ALLOW ONE COMPUTER PER HOUSEHOLD

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Computer Warranties

Our refurbished computers come with a 1 year warranty.

WHAT WE COVER
The warranty will cover any hardware failure that occurs (i.e. CD/DVD drive stops functioning, hard drive fails, fan breaks, etc.).  If we can’t fix the hardware part, we will replace it.  If we can’t replace or fix the part, we will replace the system.

WHAT WE DON’T COVER
The warranty does not cover any software repairs including virus removal, the monitor, physical damage to the hardware (i.e. damaged keyboard, mouse, tower, etc.), lack of maintenance, tampering, exposure to poor conditions and servicing done by yourself or others.

If your computer needs any type of software repair (i.e. virus removal, missing icons, software reinstallation, etc.) we will charge a flat fee of $25.

Note: We will NOT fix your computer if you get viruses from illegal activities (i.e. illegal downloading) or visiting adult websites.

 

Application

Online Application - Computer Recipient

Download Application (PDF, 52 KB)

If you have any questions about the application or the program, please contact Michael Aganmayo at (612) 624-3704 or e-mail: maganmay@umn.edu