What if I do not have a computer?
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Written by Trinity Burke
Updated over a week ago

A desktop or laptop computer with 8GB of memory and internet access is required for the Merit America program. If you don’t have a computer, there are a number of places where you can access or acquire free or low-cost desktop or laptop computers. These include:

  • Public libraries: Public libraries often have computers and internet access that is available to the public. Many libraries also offer free classes and workshops on how to use computers and the internet. Some libraries also offer free or low-cost desktop or laptop computers for checkout.

  • Nonprofit organizations: There are a number of nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost computers to low-income families. These organizations may also offer free or low-cost classes and workshops on how to use computers and the internet. Note: the links below do not constitute endorsements by Merit America.

  1. EveryoneOn can help find low-cost internet service and computers in your area

  2. Your local United Way or your local Goodwill can offer free or low-cost computers

  • Government programs: There are a number of government programs that provide free or low-cost computers to low-income families. These programs include the following:

  • The Lifeline program: The Lifeline program is a federal program that provides free or low-cost phone service to low-income families. Some Lifeline providers also offer free or low-cost laptops to Lifeline customers.

  • The EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit): The EITC is a tax credit for low- and moderate-income workers. Some states offer a state EITC that is in addition to the federal EITC. Some states also offer a state EITC that can be used to purchase a computer.

If you don’t have a computer at the start of the program, Merit America may be able to help you acquire a low-cost computer.

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