Chip In: New way to help students get great tech for college

Do you know a student headed for college or already there? If you’d like to give them a boost, a great way is by helping them get into a high quality PC or tablet equipped with Microsoft Office software. That can get a bit pricey – especially if you know several students – so check this out: the new Chip In program from Microsoft gives you a way to contribute with others to help students purchase a new computer, and Microsoft will kick in the first 10 percent of the cost of the PC via a discount to the overall cost.

Additionally, for the first 10,000 eligible participants who fully fund their PC goal through this offer, Microsoft will include Office 365 University at no additional charge. This subscription gives students the latest, most complete Office applications (which can be downloaded on up to two devices), 20 GB of additional SkyDrive storage and 60 Skype world minutes.

Here’s how the program works. Students visit, choose from a wide range of qualified Windows 8 PCs and tablets, and create a “giving page.” Then they share their page with friends and family via social media or email to ask for contributions in any amount up to the total cost of the PC. It’s that easy.

“We know that heading to college is one of the top reasons students buy a new PC — it’s a powerful tool to support their education and stay in touch with their families and friends,” said Kristina Libby, head of Consumer Communications for Windows. “With Chip In from Microsoft, students can leverage the power of their social networks to help them get a new PC and Office 365 University this back-to-school season.”

Read the press release or blog post to find out more.

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff