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Cal State schools will give iPads to freshmen and transfer students to help bridge the digital divide

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Eight California State University campuses will offer Apple iPads to freshmen and transfer students, a technology initiative intended to help bridge the digital divide as students seek more online courses in the largest university system of four years of the country.

By providing an essential tool without further straining student finances, university leaders hope the free technology will make a difference for those who decide to return to college.

“Every dollar is precious to our students and our families,” said California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro, adding that students currently in high school could be encouraged to apply and enroll in the future. “There are so many students in high school learning to use mobile technology, so it’s natural for them.”

Nearly half of all undergraduate students in the state of California receive Pell scholarships for financial need, and nearly one-third of students are the first in their families to pursue a college education.

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