OCC CARES Laptop Program

OCC CARES Laptop Program


OCC wants to give you the tools to succeed at no extra cost. To help address the increased technology needs of students during this time of remote learning, OCC will be giving away up to 1,400 Dell laptops. The deadline to apply for a laptop is January 26, 2021. To be eligible, you must be an OCC student registered for 8 or more credits in the Winter 2021 term by the end of the day on January 26, 2021. Please note,  Final Registration for Winter semester ends January 10, 2021. Laptop supplies are limited and will be distributed to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis beginning the week of February 3, 2021.


To be eligible for a laptop, you must be an OCC student enrolled in 8 or more credits by the end of the day on January 26, 2021. By that same date, you also must submit an application for a laptop. You’ll be notified if you qualify through your OCC email account after January 27. Dell will ship laptops directly to qualifying students beginning the week of February 3, 2021. 


If you receive a laptop, it’s yours to keep. Students also receive free access to all the software needed for their Winter 2021 classes. Access to specific software will be provided for the classes in which you are enrolled. You’ll access the software virtually through your MYOCC account.


OCC has designated the areas below on each of its five campuses where all students who need Internet access can use the College’s Wi-Fi network between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Students will need to follow the College's health and safety guidelines, including taking a health screening, before coming to campus.

  • Auburn Hills | Building B 2nd Floor outside the Counseling Offices
  • Highland Lakes | Levinson Hall Commons
  • Orchard Ridge | Student Center lower Bldg. J
  • Royal Oak | Atrium
  • Southfield | Student Lounge A122 (next to the Marketplace)

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OCC is funding the laptop giveaway with money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress in March 2020. OCC is one of the only community colleges in Michigan using CARES Act funds to provide direct technology assistance to full-time students.

The $1 million laptop giveaway is designed to address the increased technology needs of OCC students during this time of remote learning. This winter, OCC will offer most of its classes either online, with access available 24/7, or remotely, with instruction provided both online at specific times and 24/7 On Demand. It also will offer a limited number of hybrid classes, which combine online and on-campus instruction, and in-person classes.