Check full details on the University of the Free State Laptop and data provision to students.
1. What is a loan-to-buy scheme?
This is a cost recovery model where the university buys the devices on behalf of students and
recovers the cost (interest free) by debiting the amount to the student’s fee account.
2. Specify the devices available to students
Students can opt to place an order for:
• A laptop only OR
• A laptop + modem (datacard)
3. Is it compulsory to participate in the scheme?
No. Students who have other means of obtaining a laptop are free to decline the university’s offer
4. Does the university offer monthly data as part of the scheme?
Yes the university will offer FREE data to students, regardless of whether they purchase the laptop or
5. Who is eligible to apply for a UFH laptop?
All registered students of the university who do not have a device are welcome to apply. This includes
NSFAS beneficiaries, self-funded and bursary holders.
6. How much do the devices cost?
The laptop will cost R5200 while the modem is priced at R800. A student may choose to buy one or
both of these items. Remember, data will be provided by the university free of charge.
NB: this is a tender process so prices can only be confirmed after conclusion.
Also, the price mentioned above is applicable for this round of applications. In future prices may
increase depending on market costs.
7. What is the brand and model of the laptop?
There are two possible laptop brands:
1) HP 250, UMA CeleroN4000 250 G7, 15.6 HD AG SVA 220, 4GB 1D DDR4 2400, 500GB 5400,
W10p64NationalAcademicEMarket, No ODD, 1 year HP warranty, Jet keyboard TP Imagepad with
numeric keypad, AC 1×1+BT 4.2, Dark Ash Silver Textured with VGA Webcam no Optical Drive / DIB,
2) ACER Extensa 215, Acer Extensa EX215-31-C5B4 Intel Celeron, Shale Black 15 PC+ABS Texture, 3-pin
45W AC adapter, Intel® Celeron™ N4020 Processor, OB4GB Memory, 500GB 5.4KS HDD, No ODD,
15.6″ HD Acer ComfyView LED LCD, Wireless+ BT, HD Camera with 2Mic, UMA | Windows 10 Home
Academic, Vendor issued 1 year Acer Educare Warranty with Exchange, Clamshell bag.