Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to have an iPad for Fall 2015? 
Any student enrolled in a tablet-designated (T) course -- including all incoming freshman students in fall 2015  -- are required to have either an iPad mini, iPad 2 or newer device. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may also take one or more of the tablet-designated courses.

Why am I required to purchase an iPad? 
This important next step in ACU’s Mobile Learning Initiative will allow teachers and students to collaborate more easily in and out of the classroom, interact with updated texts and apps to enhance learning, create new media, and use the infrastructure already available on campus to share findings and creations.

Do I have to purchase an iPad or will any tablet do? 
ACU strongly recommends the iPad for two reasons. First, professors may choose to use iPad-specific applications that are not available with other tablets. They also may share documents or ask you to collaborate with classmates using your device. Some information and tools do not share across platforms, which could prohibit your participation. Second, ACU offers support for the iPad. If you have technical difficulties, you can receive support by visiting our Team55 desk or calling the Team55 helpline.

Which version of the iPad do I need? 
ACU will ensure that all applications and content used in your tablet courses are compatible with all versions of the iPad 2 and iPad mini. We recommend students purchase the iPad mini. It will meet all of your coursework needs and has a lower price point.

Can I purchase my iPad from ACU? 
Yes. You have a couple of options when buying your new iPad. 

1. You can click here to purchase it now and have it shipped to you. (Note: You will be required to use a debit or credit card to purchase your iPad now.)

2. If you would like to purchase your iPad on your student account, you will need to do so at the Campus Store between August 10 and September 2, 2015.

Is there a discount on the iPad for education purposes? 
The ACU Campus Store is an Apple Authorized Campus Store -- the only one in Abilene.  Apple education pricing is a great way for college students, faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers and select accessories at special prices. Newly accepted students are also eligible, as are parents purchasing on behalf of their student.  Apple does not offer any discounts on iPads - they do, however, occasionally offer promotional incentives if you buy your iPad from The Campus Store.  Check back on The Campus Store website often to see if Apple is currently offering any incentives or specials. 

Will I have to buy a new iPad every year? 
No. ACU will ensure all classroom utilization will be compatible on currently offered iPads for a minimum of four long semesters (two years).

Can I purchase an iPad on my student account? 
Yes. ACU will allow students to purchase an iPad on your student account as long as you are enrolled in tablet-designated course. You are only allowed to charge one iPad to your account, and it must be purchased between August 10 and September 2, 2015. If you would like to purchase your iPad now from the Campus Store using a debit or credit card, follow this link:
Purchase Now

Will financial aid cover the cost of my iPad? 
Because a tablet device is required, the United States Department of Education will allow federal financial aid to cover the cost. If you have financial aid available to cover books and supplies, then it will be applied once you have purchased the device from the Campus Store with your student account.

How do I know which courses require an iPad? 
The ACU course catalog identifies tablet-designated courses with a “T” in the course numbering system (e.g., PEAC100.01T). 

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