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MSU College of Law

Computer Requirement Costs

What is the Requirement?
New students entering the college are required to own a laptop computer. Additional information about the specifications and purchase of the laptop can be found at

What Financial Assistance is Available?
Incoming students can include the cost of purchasing a computer, a monitor, and peripherals in their financial aid budget, up to the recommended amount of $1400. However, the student must document the computer purchase before additional loan can be provided.  Therefore the student must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for federal student loan funds.

Students who do not require assistance in their first year automatically reserve that eligibility for future years, as long as their future financial circumstance warrants and future financial aid regulations permit.

How Can Financial Assistance for a Laptop Be Requested?
Requests may be made in person, via email at or by phone at 517-432-6810. Students must complete a short form and return it to the Office of Financial Aid. Every effort will be made to complete the requests before the first day of classes of the fall semester.

The Office of Financial Aid will begin to process requests for budget increases in June for the following fall semester.

Increases will be processed only for eligible students who have been admitted to MSU and who have a complete financial aid application on file for the proper aid year. In addition, students who are "under-enrolled"--e.g. students in the full-time program who are enrolled for fewer than 15 credits in a semester--may not be eligible for the budget increase.

How Can a Computer Be Purchased from MSU?
Students may choose to purchase the computer through the MSU Computer Store ( or at an off-campus store of their choice.

How Will Financial Assistance Be Paid?
All financial aid funds, including increases for computer costs, are applied to the student account at the normal time of disbursement (ten days before classes begin). Only financial aid that exceeds the charges on the bill (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) will be refunded to the student. Please note that this means there will be no refund in cases where University charges equal or exceed the total financial aid.

Financial aid will be applied to the student's charges using normal payment policies. Again, note that $1400 is the maximum amount of financial aid that can be approved upon the student's request. If students choose a more expensive computer, they are expected to fund the difference themselves.

Are There Other Options?
Students who need temporary financial assistance in combination with, or instead of, the options listed above for computer purchase can apply for a limited cash advance through Rick Lameti in Room 368E of the Dean’s Suite in the Law College Building.

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