Student Laptop Loan Terms

To ensure continuity of educational activities, IS&T provides this laptop loan service to eligible students. IS&T loaner laptops are intended to prevent a work stoppage due to a needed repair or delay in shipping of a new device; they are not intended as long-term replacements for a personally owned computer.

Note that global supply chain challenges currently limit IS&T's ability to quickly fulfill loan requests.

  • MIT students: Before making your request, speak with your academic department or program to ensure you understand the resources they may offer you to accomplish your work.
  • Cross-registered students: Check with your home institution to see what options are available to you.


  • Laptop requests are limited to students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at MIT who already have a computing device that needs to be sent out for repair, or who have ordered a computing device that will take longer than 1-2 weeks to arrive.
  • Requests must be for must be for a short period of time, no more than 60 days.
    • Students who need a laptop for the entire semester or academic year, or as a permanent replacement, are expected to obtain their own machine. Students who face financial difficulty may request assistance from their academic department and consult with Student Financial Services about their options. If graduate students have exhausted all other resources to obtain a machine, they may apply for emergency funds through the Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund.
  • Students will be required to provide information about their repair order or new purchase with expected dates for delivery. Students may be required to provide documentation such as a confirmation email or an invoice.
  • Students are expected to return all loaned equipment when due to avoid future registration or graduation holds. 
  • Loaner laptops can be recalled by IS&T at any time for any reason.

If you understand and agree to these terms, submit your laptop loan request.