If you can't afford a new computer, refurbished business computers work very well and can be found for under $200.  Choose a computer with Windows 8.1 or 10 with 4 GB of RAM or higher. 

On this page you will find information about

  • Computer requirements summary
  • Where to find affordable computers
  • Where to find affordable internet
  • COVID-19 affordable devices for your other family members

Computer requirements summary

Accepted Computer Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 (if you already own it) and Mac OS X Sierra (10.12) or higher.

Although some assignments and tasks can be accomplished on other types of devices, such as your smartphone, iPads, tablets, Kindles and Chromebooks, you will not be able to do most of your MNOHS course work on them.  You need regular access to a Windows or Mac computer to fully participate in your MNOHS classes. 

Click for more information: Detailed computer requirements.
Other related question: Why can't I do MNOHS on my phone?

Affordable computers

PCs for People Locations in St. Paul, Mankato, Grand Rapids and Brainerd
https://www.pcsforpeople.com/
https://pcsrefurbished.com/sales/salesHome.aspx

Ability Built Computers
https://abcinc.org/ability-built-computers/

Free Geek
http://freegeektwincities.org/thrift-store/

Affordable internet

Internet Essentials by Comcast
https://internetessentials.com/

PCs for People low cost internet
https://www.pcsforpeople.org/low-cost-internet/

EveryoneOn offers broadband service to income-eligible families
https://www.everyoneon.org/

Comcast is offering free access to their hot spots for the next 60 days to all including non-subscribers.
https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

The city of Minneapolis is offering free access to their WiFi in response to COVID-19.
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/wireless/

Spectrum has a COVID-19 Internet Offer For Students
https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer

University of Minnesota offering internet access
https://it.umn.edu/working-learning-campus/get-internet-access-campus

CenturyLink
https://www.centurylink.com/aboutus/community/community-development/lifeline.html

COVID-19 affordable devices for your other family members

Because of COVID-19, MNOHS students may need to share computers that they were using on their own.  The following is a link on purchasing a Chromebook at a reduced price: https://mnafterschool.org/chromebooks

Please note this doesn't replace our requirement for a computer with Windows 8.1 or higher or Mac OS X Sierra or higher.

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