Chromebook Lending Program

The Office of the Dean of Students has a limited supply of Chromebooks that can be lent to U of A students*. Due to the limited number of Chromebooks, this will be conducted via a lending program.

Please complete this form if you do not have access to a computer and require additional technology support. We will contact you directly to begin the process of lending you a Chromebook.

Program Eligibility:

  • Laptops can be lent to current U of A students enrolled in at least 1 course.
  • The lending length will be determined with the student, but will typically be for the duration of the term.
  • Laptops are intended to support students' ability to complete their coursework remotely.
  • Laptops are only accessible to students without any technological equipment

Chromebooks only have access to the internet, including the Google suite (docs, spreadsheets, etc.). As such, they can be used to access eClass and to complete written assignments. Additional software cannot be added to the Chromebooks. Students will need access to a stable WiFi connection. 

Students will need to comply with a lending agreement. Please direct any questions to doslend@ualberta.ca

*Please note that students at Augustana campus are now eligible for the Chromebook lending program.

Lending Request Form


Frequently Asked Questions

What type of Chromebook am I borrowing?
Acer Chromebook 11
What types of connections does the Chromebook have?
USB 3.0 port offers speedy transfer speeds, while an HDMI output lets you connect to an HD monitor or HDTV. There is also a slot for a microSD card.
Does it have a webcam?
Yes, the Chromebook is equipped with a microphone and webcam for video chatting.
Is there Bluetooth?
Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity allows you to bridge with compatible devices within range, like a wireless mouse or keyboard.
What operating system does the Chromebook use?
Chromebooks operate on Linux-based Chrome OS
Can I download additional programs, apps or systems onto the Chromebook?
No, Chromebooks are not compatible with other programs
What programs can I access with the Chromebook?
You can access all Google related applications, such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Gmail, etc.
I need to submit my assignment in Microsoft Word or PDF. formatting, is this possible with the Chromebook?
  • Yes, Google applications like Docs, Sheets, Slides allow you to download your assignment in a different file format. 
  • Click on File > Download > select document format
Can I access Bear Tracks and eClass on the Chromebook?
Yes, you can. Click on the google chrome icon and search www.beartracks.ualberta.ca to access Bear Tracks and eClass.
What will happen if I return my Chromebook and power cord late?
Overdue fines are $25 per day to a maximum of $250. These fines are applied to all items that are lent out (i.e. Chromebook and power cord)
What will happen if I break, damage or lose my Chromebook and power cord?
As per the signed Lending Agreement, if you break, damage, or lose your Chromebook you will assume any and all liability for the cost of repair or replacement of the borrowed equipment and any peripherals in the event of loss due to theft, damage, negligence or misuse by means of downloading software, unacceptable images and viruses. The approximate value of the Chromebook is $450. The approximate replacement cost of the power cord is $30.
What will happen if I don’t pay for any damages or losses of the Chromebook and the power cord?
Failure to pay for any damages or losses may result in a financial hold being put on your Bear Tracks account. If you have a financial hold (i.e., fine) on your record, you will not be able to: register for classes, obtain or order your transcripts, obtain your degree parchment and/or obtain or order your Certificate of Degree.
What will happen if I don’t return my Chromebook?
Failure to return your Chromebook may result in a financial hold being put on your Bear Tracks account. If you have a financial hold (i.e., fine) on your record, you will not be able to: register for classes, obtain or order your transcripts, obtain your degree parchment and/or obtain or order your Certificate of Degree.
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