Texas A&M at San Antonio has started a new program to offer veterans enrolled at the school iPads for rent for free. The program is designed to help veterans access ebooks for class for free and to help veterans who may be injured by allowing them to use the lightweight iPad rather than lugging around heavy books, My San Antonio.com reports.
The University announced the program on Tuesday, which allows current service members, veterans and their family members to rent free Apple iPad 2’s from the school beginning this fall. To be eligible, they have to be enrolled full time and meet certain GPA requirements.
There are 250 iPads available for distribution to service members. Texas A&M-S.A.’s manager of military relations says its similar to a paid rental system that is in use at the School of Business. The iPad is easy for veterans because it is a touch screen, small and will be easily operated by those who are injured.
Army Sgt. David Guillen, who will be studying business at the university beginning this fall, says he looks forward to using the program. He currently drops his books off at his car between classes because a back injury sustained in Iraq keeps him from being able to carry around heavy college textbooks. He couldn’t afford the iPad rental fees without the program.