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Technology Accessibility Programs

Oglala Lakota College gives all students equal access to technology through our laptop loan programs.

At Oglala Lakota College we believe that every student deserves access to the resources they need to be successful in their academics. To this effect, OLC has made it our goal to ensure that all students have access to technology and Wi-Fi access, allowing them to focus on productivity and academic success.

Purpose statement

In order to provide all students full and equal access to technology needed to succeed we have developed five programs to assist our students. 

Description of Programs

OLC Laptop Tech Program

This is OLC’s existing Laptop Program formerly known as the OLC Bookstore Laptop Program. This program was previously issued through the OLC Bookstore. This program will now be operated through the OLC Enrollment Management Office and the Center Directors. The OLC Tech Laptop will be available to students at $400 with the students paying $200 of these costs from their Pell payment and the other half being paid from OLC’s Tech Fees Line Item. The student’s FAFSA Application must be complete and up-to-date for student’s Pell funding to pay for the other half of the laptop. Students who do not qualify for Pell or have not applied can pay for the other half out of pocket. The cost to the student is set at $200 regardless of the actual cost of the laptop. Students will sign an agreement to allow Student Accounts to process the payment from their Pell funds for the Laptop. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours and must be degree-seeking.

Deadline for the OLC Laptop Tech Program

1) Preferred deadline: One week prior to the end of the Registration period - This will allow the student to participate in online orientation modules prior to the start of classes and to have the laptop during the first class. The deadline is announced every year as specified on the academic calendar. The orders of students who miss this deadline will be submitted with the end-of-1st week deadline orders.

2) End of the 1st week of classes - Final deadline to request a laptop for the current semester. Orders will go in by the end of the first week of classes and every effort will be made to get the laptop to the student in a timely manner.

Sign up for OLC Laptop Tech Program

OLC COVID-19 Laptop Purchase Program

This purchase program allows students who do not qualify for the OLC Laptop Tech Program or students who have already utilized the OLC Bookstore Laptop Program to purchase an $892 HP Probook 455 G7 Laptop for $400 through their own resources or through an agreement that money will be deducted from their COVID payments that go directly to the student. Students will be required to sign an agreement releasing future funds to go towards the student laptop bill. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours and be degree-seeking.

Deadlines for the Laptop Purchase Program

1) Preferred deadline: One week prior to the end of the Registration period - This will allow the student to participate in online orientation modules prior to the start of classes and to have the laptop during the first class. The deadline is announced every year as specified on the academic calendar. The orders of students who miss this deadline will be submitted with the end-of-1st-week deadline orders.

2) End of the 1st week of classes - Final deadline to request a laptop for the current semester. Orders will go in by the end of the first week of classes and every effort will be made to get the laptop to the student in a timely manner.

Laptop Loan Program

Students are loaned a laptop though the end of the semester in which they are enrolled. This program is available to students at no cost as long as the device is returned to OLC on time and in good condition. If the laptop is not returned or it is damaged, charges will be applied to the student’s account. No Pell or COVID-19 payments to students will be used to pay off this charge. This charge to their student account will remain on their account until they graduate and those who are Indian students will have this charge paid for by the College’s donors. If the student breaks or loses the device, they will not be eligible for participation in the Laptop Loan Program in the future.

Deadlines for the Laptop Loan Program

1) Preferred deadline: One week prior to the end of the Registration period - This will allow the student to participate in online orientation modules prior to the start of classes and to have the laptop during the first class. The deadline is announced every year as specified on the academic calendar. The orders of students who miss this deadline will be submitted with the end-of-1st-week deadline orders.

2) End of the 1st week of classes - Final deadline to request a laptop for the current semester. Orders will go in by the end of the first week of classes and every effort will be made to get the laptop to the student in a timely manner.

Sign up for OLC Laptop Loan Program

Laptop Check-Out Program

Students are allowed to check out a laptop at the District College Center as necessary. The laptop must be used in the approved vicinity of the College Center and cannot be taken home. Students can use this option to take a class during the day, complete assignments, etc. The advantage of the Laptop Check-Out Program is that it comes at no cost to any Oglala Lakota College students.

Deadlines for the Laptop Check-Out Program

1) Preferred deadline: One week prior to the end of the Registration period - This will allow the student to participate in online orientation modules prior to the start of classes and to have the laptop during the first class. The deadline is announced every year as specified on the academic calendar. The orders of students who miss this deadline will be submitted with the end-of-1st-week deadline orders.

2) End of the 1st week of classes - Final deadline to request a laptop for the current semester. Orders will go in by the end of the first week of classes and every effort will be made to get the laptop to the student in a timely manner.

Sign up for OLC Laptop Check-Out Program

Mobile Hotspot Loan Program

Oglala Lakota College will provide hotspots to the students who have a documented need. These mobile hotspot devices will be provided to students who have no landline or Wi-Fi at their home, low or no internet connection in their area. To qualify for the Mobile Hotspot Loan Program students must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours and be degree-seeking.

Deadlines for the Mobile Hotspot Loan Program

1) Preferred deadline: One week prior to the end of the Registration period - This will allow the student to participate in online orientation modules prior to the start of classes and to have the mobile hotspot during the first class. The deadline is announced every year as specified on the academic calendar. The orders of students who miss this deadline will be submitted with the end-of-1st-week deadline orders.

2) End of the 1st week of classes - Final deadline to request a mobile hotspot for the current semester. Orders will go in by the end of the first week of classes and every effort will be made to get the laptop to the student in a timely manner.

Sign up for OLC Mobile Hotspot Loan Program