Crowdfunding Sources For Computers, Books, Tuition for College Students

Crowdfunding Sources For Computers, Books, Tuition for College Students

Gregory Han
Jun 5, 2013

Microsoft has taken a page out of the crowdsourcing book penned by Kickstarter and their ilk by launching Chip In, an ingenious method for friends and family to fund the purchase of a new (Windows 8, of course) laptop for anyone enrolled in school and with an .edu email address, just in time for graduation time...

The first 10,000 qualified students get a jumpstart of 10% off the cost of a new Microsoft Windows 8 laptop via Chip In, with the new seasonal student buying program also including a free four-year subscription to Office 365 University. The program will run through September 1, 2013 and requires a school email address, logon, International Student Identity Card (ISIC), or a college acceptance letter via a Manual Verification Request form. 

Other college related crowdfunding sources available to college students include GoFundMe, where anyone can help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, or even something as wonderful as a classroom aquarium or Kindles for middle school children.

Similarly, Indiegogo hosts education-based campaigns for individuals like Marquise or Aidan seeking funding to attend their dream school one dollar at a time.

And then there is Educredit, a newer crowdfunding platform which aims to connect students beyond friends and family like the sites above, with the addition of partnering career-oriented groups of funders called Fundpools to needy students. Fundpools distribute financial support equally amongst its members, and in theory work similarly to traditional subject-oriented scholarships. The site is currently in beta mode, but signup is free.

(Images: Microsoft)

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