Student Computer Purchase Information
The recommended computer specifications for the new curriculum have been received and approved. Information concerning the recommended specifications can be found on the library web site. The cost of your computer, accessories, and PDA (including a printer) cannot be funded above $1,500.
The School of Medicine will approve the purchase of a tablet to be added to a students’ loan budget up to $600, effective August 1, 2015.
If you already own a computer, you may be able to upgrade it with less expense. Both SIU School of Medicine libraries have laptops that can be borrowed.
Since many of you will be using a Grad PLUS loan to cover the cost of your purchase, you are encouraged to look at all options before making a purchase and increasing your debt load. If approved, the additional loan amount will be credited to your Bursar’s Statement of Account and pay any charges due. The Bursar’s Office will process any credit balance on your account and a refund will be processed. The refund will be less than the amount of your increase because the loan fee will reduce the loan. It also could be less if a portion of the loan is used to pay charges on your account.
REMEMBER: Budget adjustments for computer OR tablet purchases are one time only. If you have already purchased a computer or tablet and requested the additional budget dollars, you cannot make an additional request. This also means you can only add either the purchase of a computer OR a tablet, not both.
First-year students must wait until the August 1 to purchase their computers or tablets. Receipts must be dated on or after this date for the budget addition to be approved. All students must submit a Request for Personal Computer or Tablet Purchase Budget Increase and a receipt. The student's name must be on the receipt. Computer or tablet budget increases for fourth-year students will not be made after December 1st.
Budget Increase for Purchase of a Computer or Tablet
The Higher Education Amendments allow for the purchase of a personal computer to be added to the student’s educational expenses (budget) that are used to determine financial aid eligibility. This allowance must be for a “personal computer” or tablet and must be “warranted,” “reasonable” and “documented.”