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University of Lynchburg to give laptops to new students who filed FAFSA

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A student listens to a live lecture on a laptop computer at home during a remote learning class in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Illinois reported 1,337 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as the state’s positivity rate dropped below 4% for the first time in weeks. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – University of Lynchburg officials have committed to giving a laptop to every new student attending the school who has filed the FAFSA.

The laptops will be loaned to students for the duration of their time at the University – students may even choose between a Dell or an Apple.

Pending future graduation from the school, new students who receive a laptop will be able to keep the computer.

Officials say this is a pilot program but they say they plan to continue the program in the future.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer all incoming freshmen and transfer students a computer to ensure they can all be successful at Lynchburg.”

Rita Detwiler, Vice President for Enrollment Management

For students to be eligible for the laptop, they must file the 2021-22 FAFSA.

The laptop initiative will also make faculty and students more flexible as the University’s COVID-19 Task Force prepares for the fall semester that may still include at least a portion of online or hybrid learning.

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