Microsoft announces "Chip In" PC crowd-funding program for students

Today, Microsoft is launching a new seasonal student buying program called “Chip In” to help students get a new Windows 8 PC for back to school. A pilot program this year, Chip In lets students with a valid .edu email address crowd-source funds to help them purchase a qualified PC of their choosing from (opens in new tab). Microsoft will “chip in” 10% of the purchase price and for the first 10,000 students to fully fund their PC, Microsoft will also “chip in” Office 365 University at no additional charge.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 13 (opens in new tab), Acer S7 Ultrabook (opens in new tab) and HP ENVY x2 (opens in new tab) are some of the options available. View the full list of PCs at The program begins today, June 4, and runs through September 1, 2013. For more information, visit Microsoft News Center (opens in new tab) or the Windows Experience Blog.