Director of Student Success Tomasia Drummond (left) and Outreach and Inreach Specialist Rachel Gray (right). Staff at Merced College are gearing up to support students for the fall 2020 semester which begins August 17, 2020.

To support student learning, Merced College will loan more than 1,500 laptops to students enrolled in its fall semester.

Priority will be given to full-time students (enrolled in 12 units and more) and those in good academic standing. The laptop loaner program is launching today.  Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by completing and submitting a form at  Quantities are limited.

Additionally, Merced College will offer access to free and expanded Wi-Fi at multiple locations across its main campus.

The laptop loaner program is meant to lessen the financial burden of studying online.  Merced College announced a decision in late June to offer most of its fall 2020 classes online after careful consideration of the impacts of COVID-19 and with guidance from public health, administration, and partner institutions.

“By loaning laptops to current and potential students, my sincerest hope is that we remove obstacles to any student who wants to continue their education at Merced College,” said Dean of Student Services Greg Soto.  “Access to technology may be a barrier to a large percentage of our student population.”

Soto said dedicated staff have been working tirelessly to finalize details for the laptop loaner program.

Students who apply and qualify for the program will be notified by email and assigned an appointment day and time.  Laptops will be distributed a week before the semester is set to begin on August 17, 2020.   Distribution will be available via curbside drive-through and a walk-up window.  COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and safety measures will be communicated to students ahead of their pickup appointment.

When the spring semester moved online due to the statewide stay-at-home order in March, Merced College surveyed its students on the technology they needed to complete classes. Based on the survey, Merced College launched a spring semester loaner program which made 400 desktop computers available to students.  Students who benefited from the initial desktop loaner program will continue to have access to these desktops if they continue their studies in the fall.

Enrollment for the fall term is ongoing and open now at  The District has been expanding its offering of online certificate and degree programs, and there are many transfer courses available for students taking a gap year, looking to add essential job skills to their resumes, or considering new career options.


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Interested students should apply for the laptop loaner program for Fall 2020 at

For more information, contact the Office of External Relations at or (209) 381-6176.

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