Purchase a Student Computer


How to Purchase (Order) a Student Computer

Completion of any ordering form requires a Princeton student netID and password. Forms are available to students (Parents and families are not able to view or access directly).

Princeton Internal Billing

If you prefer to pay using Princeton internal billing/ loan methods, (Student Account, Financial Aid Loan or Graduate Stipend) use the Student Computer Purchase form. 

Credit Card Billing

If you would prefer to pay with a credit card, follow this link.  Credit Card (External Link to SHI - You are leaving Princeton site)

Eligibility

All active and enrolled Princeton undergraduate and graduate students may purchase a computer through this program.

New students

New students can order once they receive their Princeton University netID and password.

Novogratz Bridge Year Participants

Students participating in the Novogratz Bridge Year program are encouraged to hold off on purchasing a computer at this time. If you are a Bridge Year participant and have questions about purchasing a computer, please contact byp@princeton.edu.

Visiting Student Research Collaborator (VSRC)

Individuals admitted to Princeton University as a Visiting Student Research Collaborator are not eligible to purchase a student computer.

Seniors

Seniors can purchase a student computer, however not all payment options are available after October of their senior year. After October, seniors can purchase a student computer by credit card only. If a senior has scholarship funds remaining that may be used to purchase a laptop, the order must be approved by the Office of Financial Aid before ordering. 

Checking order status

Once your order has been submitted, you will receive order status and tracking information from SHI, our student computer order partner.  Please contact SHI by phone at 888-764-8888 or by email at Princeton@shi.com with any questions about orders.

Pricing

The prices for Princeton are specifically negotiated with the vendors for Princeton students and cannot be combined with any other offer (such as Dell coupons or the Apple back-to-school discount or advertised offers).

Shipment & Delivery

Domestic Addresses Only

Computers can only ship to addresses in the 50 states. If you live in a US territory or in another country, we recommend that you use your campus address as your ship-to address.  The computer will be delivered to a locked box in Frist. 

How Long from Order to Delivery?

Due to supply chain issues, please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery. We cannot guarantee specific delivery times and cannot expedite shipping. Please select a shipping address where someone will be available to sign for the package. During the academic year we recommend students on campus use their Frist Center mailing address.

Cancellations, Changes and Returns

Upon order submission, you have 24 hours to cancel your order.  During this 24 hour period, changes cannot be made to the original order, but you may cancel the order and create a new one.  

After 24 hours, the order cannot be cancelled

All sales are final. No returns or exchanges.

Apple models for 2022-23

Apple MBAir 13 M2

13-inch MacBook Air

Apple M2 chip with 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU

8 GB memory and 512 GB storage

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4 year AppleCare+ for Schools Warranty

Apple MBAir 13 M2 bundled with iPad

13-inch Macbook Air

Apple M2 chip with 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU

8 GB memory and 512 GB storage

Space Gray

4 year AppleCare+ for Schools Warranty

iPad

iPad 10.9" iPad Air WiFi 256 GB

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4 Year AppleCare+ for Schools Warranty

Apple MBPro 14 M1

14-inch MacBook Pro

Apple M1 Pro chip with 8‐core CPU and 14‐core GPU

16 GB Memory and 512 GB Storage

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4 year AppleCare+ for Schools Warranty

Apple MBPro M1 bundled with iPad

Apple MBPro 14 M1

14-inch MacBook Pro

Apple M1 Pro chip with 8‐core CPU and 14‐core GPU

16 GB Memory and 512GB SSD

Space Gray

4 year AppleCare+ for Schools Warranty

iPad

iPad 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi 256GB

Space Gray

4 year AppleCare+ for Schools Warranty

Apple MBPro 16 M1

Apple MBPro 16 M1

16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‐core CPU and 16‐core GPU, 1TB SSD

16 GB Memory and 1 TB Storage

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Apple MBPro 16 M1 bundled with iPad

Apple MBPro 16 M1

16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‐core CPU and 16‐core GPU

16 GB Memory and 1TB Storage

Space Gray

iPad

iPad 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi 256GB

Space Gray

4 year AppleCare+ for Schools Warranty

Dell models for 2022-23

Dell XPS Touchscreen 13 9320

Dell XPS Touchscreen 13 9320 16GB/512GB

13.4'' FHD+ InfinityEdge Touch (1920x1200) Display

16GB/512GB

i7-1260p processor (18 MB cache, up to 4.7 GHz, 12 cores)

Intel Xe Graphics

Windows 11

ProSupport Plus Warranty: Accidental Damage Service, 4 years

Dell Mobile Precision 3571

Mobile Precision 3571 32GB/1TB

i7-1280H processor (24 MB Cache, 14 cores, 20 threads, 2.4 GHz - 4.8 GHz)

15.6'' FHD (1920x1080) Anti-Glare Embedded Touch Display

32 GB Memory and 1 TB Storage

NVIDIA T600 w/4GB Graphics

Windows 11

ProSupport Plus Warranty: Accidental Damage Service, 4 years

Software and Printers

Operating Systems

Student computers ship with the latest operating system:  OS X for Macs and Windows 11 Pro for Dells.

Office 365

With their Princeton netID, Princeton students are eligible to download and install Office 365 at no charge. 

Other Software

Student computers do not include anti-virus software. 

Based on your intended major, you may need to purchase additional software. Other software may be purchased via the OIT Store.

Printers

Printers are not offered as part of our student computer purchases. We offer quality Campus Public Printers available in residential colleges and other locations on campus. 

Warranty information

All Princeton student computers come with a 4-year warranty.

Apple Macbooks include Apple's 4-year AppleCare Plus warranty which includes coverage for accidental damage.

Dell student computers come with Dell's 4-year ProSupport Plus Warranty which includes coverage for accidental damage.

For on-campus repair, OIT's Hardware Support is a fully authorized service department for both Apple and Dell computers.

Payment options

Princeton Internal - Billed/Presented on the Princeton Student Account

There are three internal billing options provided for students.  Charges will appear on the TigerHub Student Account.

  • Student Account
  • Financial Aid/ External Scholarship
  • Graduate Stipend

Credit Card - Bill directly to Credit Card

If you choose the credit card option, you will be routed to our computer purchase partner SHI to complete your order.  Students are required to login with their Princeton netID and password.  You are providing your credit card and shipping information to our 3rd party partner SHI.  The credit card will be charged by SHI upon shipment of your computer.

Credit Card (External Link to SHI - You are leaving Princeton site)

Undergraduate Student Account

If you choose the Student account option, your charges will appear in your TigerHub Student account within a few weeks of shipment along with any Princeton charges for tuition, housing, etc. The student computer charge will be subject to the same rules as any other student account charge. Payments are due in full at the end of the month in which the charge appears on your bill. If you purchase your computer in August, the charge will likely appear on your student account in September, and the full amount (along with any other charges, like tuition, that also appear on your account) will be due at the end of September or on the due date printed on the bill.

For questions about student account charges, please call Student Accounts at 609-258-6378.

Undergraduate Financial aid/ Outside Scholarship

Princeton Aid

This financial aid payment option is only available to students receiving need-based aid from Princeton. If you are an undergraduate student receiving need-based financial aid from Princeton please read:

Undergraduate Financial Aid Computer Purchases

If you are unsure, please contact the Undergraduate Financial Aid office at 609-258-3330, or by email at faoffice@princeton.edu.

Outside Scholarship

If you are an undergraduate receiving a Princeton grant but the amount was reduced as a result of an outside scholarship, you may use lost grant funds toward the purchase of a computer. Select Financial Aid as your payment option; we will automatically use grant funds up to the amount your grant was reduced (capped at $3,500) for the receipt of an outside award. This option must be used in the same academic year the reduction occurred and is available once during your undergraduate years at Princeton. Students should contact faoffice@princeton.edu for details specific to their situation.

Please read Outside Scholarship toward the one-time purchase of a personal computer up

Note: If your outside scholarship exceeds your need, you are not eligible for University grant funds to purchase a computer.

Graduate Students: Student Account

Graduate Stipend

Charges that post to your student account automatically will reduce your stipend unless there are sufficient funds in the account to cover the charge, such as loan credit. The amount by which your stipend will be reduced depends on the amount of the charge as well as when the computer is purchased. The stipend will be reduced by the total outstanding balance, divided by the number of pay periods remaining in the current semester. For example, assuming your previous Student Account balance is zero ($0), your computer purchase is $1600, and there are 4 pay periods left in the current semester, each of the remaining stipend payments would be reduced by $400.

Graduate student loan

Graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for a federal student loan to cover their computer purchase. For more information, contact the Graduate School Office at 609-258-3028 or see the online information for Graduate Financial Aid. If you arrange for a Graduate Student loan, your computer purchase will be charged to your Student Account. When the proceeds of your loan are received, you are responsible for paying off the computer on your Student Account with the funds from the federal student loan. Please contact the Student Accounts office at studacct@princeton.edu or by calling 609-258-6378 once your loan has been authorized.