Applying for a Computer

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Program Information

Online Application - Computer Recipient
Class Descriptions
Class Calendar
Donate Computers

Contact Information
Name:
Phone #: (612) 624-3704
Email: bced@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:

-Be a permanent resident of the Twin Cities metro area

-Fill out Computer Recipient application

-Take two classes of your choice

-Take final class Computer Basics. *Computer Basics is mandatory.

-Pay $50 for individuals or $100 for non-profits.

-After you’ve completed the two classes of your choice, call and to schedule a time to take the Computer Basics class. The Computer Basics class is held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. You will also pay and pick up your computer on this day.

*Reminder if you do not come on your scheduled pick up day, you will have to call and reschedule.

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:

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
$18,210.00
$24,690.00
$31,170.00
$37,650.00
$44,130.00
$50,610.00
$55,095.00
$63,570.00

For those who fall under the income guidelines and may be receiving government assistance, documentation is needed for the entire household and 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

If you are above the income guidelines, you can purchase a computer at a very low cost.

NOTE: WE ONLY ALLOW ONE COMPUTER PER HOUSEHOLD

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 Metallica Ponce at (612) 624-3704 or e-mail: mponce@umn.edu