We support, because we care.
Because your success is important to us, we are here to help you access GRCC and community resources so you can focus on your education, such as: Food, Utility Costs, Housing Costs, Housing Resources, Transportation (i.e bus passes, gas, etc), Auto Repairs, Healthcare/Medical Needs, Tuition and Fees, Textbooks and School Supplies, Internet Access, SNAP benefits (food assistance), Childcare, etc.
Please fill out the GET HELP contact form and a staff member will be in contact with you.
Currently enrolled students are able to borrow technology for the semester.
Stop by the GRCC Library to check out what you need:
- Laptops are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Students may always use the laptop vending machines, visit a computer lab on campus or check out the Grand Rapids Public Library–more details below.
- Web cams
- And more
Check the GRCC Library webpage for hours.
Don’t forget that many classes use NYT Online and GRCC students can access the New York Times for free!
More options to borrow tech
Laptop vending machines
Retrieving a laptop from the machine is as quick and easy as grabbing chips from a vending machine. Enter your last name on the touchscreen, swipe your student ID and out pops one of the 12 Dell laptops.
The fully charged computers are available for four hours. Return the laptop back to the machine and it will automatically wipe it clean of your work and recharges it for the next person.
Vending machine locations
Check out our campus maps if you need help finding the following:
- Calkins Science Center: First Floor, North Hallway
- Student Center: Third floor, Counseling
- Lakeshore Campus: First Floor, South Hallway
Grand Rapids Public Library Hotspot Lending Program
The GR Public Library Hotspot Lending Program is available to GRPL cardholders to easily get online using a WiFi-enabled device such as a phone, tablet, or laptop. No library card? Apply for a card online.
Hotspots are available to check out from any Grand Rapids Public Library location. You must be 18 years or older and be a resident of Grand Rapids to check one out.
On-campus accessibility-related technology
Visit Disability Support Services for more information and to see which labs offer JAWS Screen Reader Software, Dragon Software, and Read and Write Gold.
Free public Wi-Fi
Free public Wi-Fi now available at 10 Grand Rapids parks! The Network in a Box (NIB) program aims to bridge the digital divide in Grand Rapids that widened during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing year-round outdoor internet access.
Affordable Connectivity Program
You are likely eligible for the ACP if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. If your household is eligible, you could receive:
- Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
- A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP
Today, several internet providers, including AT&T, Charter-Spectrum, Comcast-Xfinity, Frontier, WOW!, Verizon, and more, have announced high-speed internet plans for $30/month or less. If you apply your ACP benefit to one of these plans, you will have no out-of-pocket cost for your household internet.
Or, go to GETINTERNET.GOV to learn more.
Federal Pell Grant recipients now eligible for Internet Essentials program
Federal Pell Grant recipients are now eligible for discounted broadband services under the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Internet Essentials Program.
Internet Essentials offers you low-cost, high-speed Internet at home so you’re ready for anything! The connections are now twice as fast but at the same low cost. With Internet Essentials, count on a reliable connection that gives you the speed your devices need. You can work and learn from home, stream movies and shows, download music, and make video calls on multiple devices – all at the same time.
Follow the four simple steps to apply!
Contact the Library's Circulation desk for more information at (616) 234-3872.
Find additional resources
Please consider some of the other options available to you on the GetHelp webpage as well as various options near you. The Find Help site can help you find resources and other free or reduced cost programs depending on your need, and United Way – 211 is another option that connects people to more than 2,900 services.