Laptop Program

General Information

Texas Tech University School of Law students who qualify for financial aid may add the cost of a new laptop computer to their educational budget. To pay for the laptop, students may increase their financial aid package up to $1,500. Students are allowed to do this only one time during their law school career.

For additional information not covered here, contact the law school admissions office:

Martha Harrison, (806) 742-3990 x307

Laptop Purchase/Certification Process

For the cost of a laptop computer to qualify for financial aid, students must follow the following steps:

  1. Students will need eithe a price estimate on an invoice/company letterhead or a purchase receipt showing the total cost of the laptop computer. Students must submit the estimate or receipt along with a completed Computer Purchase Request Form (the 2012-13 form will be available in September). We are unable to make a blanket allowance for laptop computer purchases. We are required to treat each purchase individually. Financial aid will recognize either the cost of the laptop computer or the maximum set by the School of Law, whichever is less.
  2. After purchasing the laptop, print, complete, sign, and bring the Certification Form (the 2012-13 form will be available in September), along with the purchase receipt, to the School of Law's Financial Aid officer. For students starting in the fall, purchases must be made after July 1st to be valid.

Laptop Computer Minimum Requirements

In order to qualify for financial aid support for the laptop purchase, the laptop computer must meet the following minimum specifications.

Minimum Hardware and Operating System Requirements

NOTE: A laptop that meets the minimum requirements above will qualify for financial assistance whether or not the parts themselves have been designated as "Vista compatible."

Optional: (recommended)

Microsoft operating systems, and the latest versions of Microsoft Office, Front Page and Norton Anti-Virus are available for download to students with a valid eRaider account. (

Ordering the Laptop Computer

Dell Laptops

Law students may participate in a special arrangement with Dell Computers to obtain a laptop that meets the school's software and hardware network configuration requirements. Dell laptops purchased through the Laptop Program will come preloaded with all drivers, software, and hardware configurations needed to connect to the Texas Tech University network.

Dell laptops purchased through the Laptop Program come with a three-year on-site repair or replacement warranty and the Gold level service program. By purchasing a Dell laptop, the user is also entitled to access Dell support wherever a Dell support center/technician is available.

If you are purchasing a Dell laptop through the Laptop Program, do not purchase any software from Dell that can be obtained through your eRaider account. Since your required software is made available through Texas Tech University, you will not be required to purchase additional software through Dell.

The Dell computers purchased through this program are designed to support a student through three years of law school and come with a three year on-site repair or replacement warranty.

Go directly to the Dell TTU School of Law purchasing site (

Non-Dell Laptops

Students who wish to purchase a non-Dell laptop are still eligible for financial assistance as long as the laptop meets the Minimum Hardware Requirements above.

Laptops may come pre-installed with the Home versions of Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. Please note that the staff cannot support the Home versions of Windows. Operating system upgrades to either Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate, will be the student's responsibility. Upgrades to Windows are available for download through individual eRaider accounts or direct pickup in the ATLC located in the basement of the Main Library for a small fee. The student is also responsible for having the appropriate drivers for any network card(s). General help for locating drivers for Dell, HP/Compaq, Toshiba and Sony laptops can be found on the IT Services FAQ.

Students purchasing a laptop computer other than a Dell will have only limited staff support (e.g., wireless card installation or network configuration). The Law School Computer Support staff will make every effort to connect students to the network, but cannot guarantee that any non-Dell laptop will have a well-performing or successful connection.