G.O.A.L. Program

We are still accepting applications for Spring 2017!!

The G.O.A.L. program is a pilot project that allows qualifying students to borrow a laptop for the entire spring 2017 semester.  These students will be allowed to take the laptop home with them, but it must be returned to the library at the end of the semester.  Please note that we only have 30 laptops to loan during this pilot.  We will distribute them to qualifying students on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Who qualifies for the program?

Students who had the laptop during the fall semester will receive first priority, provided they return the laptop in good condition by the fall deadline, turn in their spring 2017 application by the deadline, and meet the qualifications for spring 2017. After that, we will distribute the remaining laptops to other qualifying students on a first-come, first-served basis.  To qualify, your expected family contribution (EFC) must be $3,000 or less.  You must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for spring 2017, and at least one of these classes must be face-to-face on the main campus.

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted in-person in the library beginning at 8:00 AM on October 24, 2016 and must be received by 9:30 PM on December 19, 2016.  You may fill out this online application, but you must print it out and bring it to the library.  Applications are also available in paper form in Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Success, and the Library.  A waitlist will be generated if the number of applicants exceeds the number of computers available.

When will the laptops be distributed?

You will be notified via email and letter that you have been selected for the program.  You must attend a mandatory orientation session in the library on Friday, January 6, 2017.  You will receive the laptop at that time and sign a contract promising to return it at the end of the semester.

I am registered for 6+ credits, but what happens if I need to drop the class?

You may keep the laptop through the end of the semester if you drop below 6 credits.  However, if you drop all of your classes and withdraw from school, you must return the device.

Am I eligible if I am on academic probation?

Yes.  However, if you participate in this program, you must meet with a retention advisor.

I am going to need a laptop for the entire time I'm attending PVCC.  What happens in future semesters?  Do I have to re-apply?

Yes.  The laptops must be returned at the end of each semester for maintenance.  You must then fill out a new application for future semesters to borrow another laptop, and you must qualify again for that semester.  However, when distributing the laptops, we will give preference to students who borrowed one in a previous semester.

Ok, I've been accepted to the program!  What are the rules for borrowing the laptop?

Each person who receives a laptop signs a contract agreeing to the following responsibilities.  Note: The dates on these will change for the spring semester.

  1. I understand that the laptop is my responsibility while it is checked out to me.  I will take all reasonable precautions to protect it.  If others use it while it is checked out to me and damage or loss occurs, I understand that I will be held liable for any loss, damage, or criminal acts.
  2. I agree that I will be responsible for repair or replacement of the computer and/or its case due to any loss, damage, or theft.  Damage is defined as any physical damage to the machine or its case outside of the normal wear and tear.  (Examples of physical damage include a cracked LCD screen, CD drive broken, keyboard keys broken or missing, etc.)
  3. I understand that if the laptop is stolen or damaged, I must notify library personnel immediately and, if stolen or lost, file a police report with the PVCC Dept. of Public Safety & Campus Police.  If damage is discovered after the laptop is returned, then I will forfeit my ability to borrow a laptop in future semesters.  The exact report or replacement cost will be determined in conjunction with the IT Department when it is reported.
  4. If I do not return the laptop and case by 9:30pm on December 19, I will be charged a $5.00/day overdue fine.  A hold will be placed on my account, so that I cannot receive my grades, transcripts, or diploma until the laptop is returned.  My name will also be sent to a collections agency until I return it.  If I do not return the laptop within 7 business days of the due date, then I will forfeit my ability to borrow the laptop in future semesters.
  5. I understand that I am responsible for any/all fines incurred.
  6. If I drop all of my fall classes, then I promise to return the laptop to the library within 72 hours of my drop date.  I will be charged $5.00/day for every day that I'm late.  A hold will be placed on my account and my name will be sent to a collections agency.
  7. I understand that Piedmont Virginia Community College is NOT responsible for loss of data or damage to files that may occur during the use of the laptop.
  8. I agree to abide by the terms laid out in the PVCC Computer Use Policy as well as respect any and all applicable copyright laws or software licenses.