Microsoft Education Product Policy allows nonprofit Notebooks for Students (NFS) to offer in-classroom technologies and pricing (previously reserved for traditional public school facilities) to homeschool families and groups.
First year of program – over 1,800 families obtained laptops through NFS.
Based on Microsoft Education Product guidelines, the NFS Board voted to categorize homeschool families as schools and to implement Homeschool Group Purchasing in May of 2014. The program goal is to facilitate access of in-classroom technologies for individual homeschool families.
NFS Board “our organization is only four years old. In that time we have stressed moving forward to meet the technology needs within all educational venues. The first year of the homeschool program has been a great success. We had no idea that so many homeschool families would participate. There have been hiccups, our phone and lab staff were, at times, overwhelmed by the response. For the 2015/16 school year NFS has expanded capabilities to meet the expected demand.”
Homeschool families and groups are now able to acquire computers and software at the same wholesale pricing the NFS program affords to traditional public school facilities.
Homeschoolers can purchase from NFS as individual families or form a group for a Group Order. In both cases the families must provide homeschool documentation (type is dependent on the State of residence) to NFS. This is required to receive the full package of Microsoft Office software and lower laptop costs.
For full details please visit; www.notebooksforstudents.org/homeschoollaptopdiscount.htm
About Notebooks for Students
Notebooks for Students (NFS) is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, CA. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all educators and students. NFS is an Authorized Microsoft Education Reseller.
Click here to read an article about NFS.