Frequently Asked Questions
In Fall 2015, NJC became an iPad college, the first in Colorado. We did this in order to further engage our students in the learning process. By immersing our students in technology enriched classrooms, labs, and shops, we can better prepare them for their future careers.
How will I benefit?
College is a means to help you reach your goal of gainful employment. Employers are looking for individuals that can work collaboratively as well as independently, are adaptable to change, can communicate well, are technologically adept, and can work in a mobile environment.
Do I need my iPad the first day of class?
Yes, all students will need to have their iPad the first day of classes.
Can you give me some ideas of how the iPad will be used as a student?
This will be dependent on the discipline and classes you are taking, but some ideas include:
- Immediate feedback from classroom engagements
- Sharing of information and ideas
- Creating videos and study aides
- Capturing demonstrations
- Classroom assignments, quizzes, tests
- Note taking
Will I be able to do everything I need to do for all my classes with my iPad? Will I also need a personal computer?
That may depend on what courses you have. While the iPad will be the predominant device used, there will be some classes where a computer will be needed. Most of our math and algebra classes are utilizing online homework software. We have found that students need access to a computer for this to be effective. There may be other situations as well that having access to a computer will be beneficial, so if you have a computer or laptop, you should bring it. As an additional resource, Northeastern has computers for students to use in the library and a math homework lab located in Knowles Hall. If you don’t already have a computer or laptop, we suggest you try utilizing the computer resources we have on campus before you make the decision to invest in one.
Will I use it in every class, every day?
A significant number of faculty have integrated iPads into their classroom instruction. They have identified and integrated iPad technology and applications into the learning environment and applied this technology to the subject being taught. The purpose of the iPad initiative is for students to have the best possible educational experience. While the majority of classes will be incorporating the use of the iPads, for some classes the best possible educational experience may not include them.
Will my classes make use of eBooks?
Making use of an eBook will be an option for a good number of classes and this list will grow each semester. This is one of the reasons the college chose to pursue this initiative. Making use of eBooks can be very cost effective for our students.
Will I store my eBooks on my iPad or somewhere else?
This will vary by publisher. Most eBooks are accessed via the internet. (Remember, free Wi-Fi at NJC). If there are times you will not have access to the internet, most publishers allow you to download the book by chapter on to your iPad.
Where can I find out if my class will use an eBook or digital content?
The NJC Bookstore webpage contains all textbook and eBook information.
Can I really type a term paper on an iPad? Can I print from my iPad?
- The Apple Productivity apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) are pre-loaded on iPads from the start. Pages is a basic word processing app.
- Students will also have free access to Microsoft Office 365 Apps for their iPad. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. These are very common software packages that most students are familiar with. These can be used on the iPad or accessed in a web browser.
- More and more faculty have moved to having students submit their papers electronically, thus reducing the need to print papers and it is environmentally friendly. But if you must print, students will be able to print from their iPad to certain campus printers. Students are given a pre-designated number of pages they can print for free. After that, they can add more pages by adding to their student account in the Cashier’s office.
- Beyond that, the college has computers available in our student computer lab that have the Microsoft Office products when excessive typing is required.
How will I transfer files from my iPad to other computer devices?
Just as we once moved from computer disk storage to storing data on a USB, technology has once again improved allowing for “cloud” storage. Students will have free access to OneDrive, iCloud, and other cloud storage services. Cloud storage can be accessed from their iPad or any other computer as long as they have Internet access. Documents can also be downloaded to be worked on offline. NJC has been very proactive in making sure that there is wireless internet access for the entire campus including the residence halls.
What are the minimum specification requirements?
The minimum requirement is one of the following:
- iPad Air - 32 GB minimum and Wi-Fi capable
- iPad Air II – 64 GB minimum and Wi-Fi capable (32 GB not available in this model)
- *iPad Mini II - 32 GB minimum and Wi-Fi capable
- *iPad Mini IV – 64 GB minimum and Wi-Fi capable (32 GB not available in this model)
- iPad Pro - 32 GB minimum and WiFi capable
*Note: Limitation of iPad minis.
The smaller screen of the iPad mini’s does not lend itself well to a few of our programs, please plan to buy an iPad Air II for the music, automotive, diesel and wind programs. For example, students in our music ensembles (choirs or bands) view their sheet music on their iPad. Thus we strongly suggest those students purchase an iPad Air or Air II. Same is true in our Automotive, Diesel and Wind Technology programs. These students view electrical wiring schematics and other diagrams and Air II works much better for these situations.
How do I obtain my iPad or Mini?
Students have a variety of options including:
- Directly purchasing an iPad from any retailer as long as it meets the minimum requirements specified.
- Directly from the Apple Online Store
- Through the College iPad Direct Program. See below.
College iPad Direct Program
Students can request to purchase an iPad directly through the College iPad Direct program. Visit the iPad request form here to learn more.
For Fall 2016, if obtained through the college, the prices are as follows (subject to any prices changes made by Apple):
- iPad Air II (128 GB) $479.00 + Sales Tax $33.53 = $512.53
- iPad Mini II (32 GB) $259.00 + Sales Tax $18.13 = $277.13
- iPad Mini IV (128 GB) $479.00 + Sales Tax $33.53 = $512.53
Should I get an iPad that has cellular capabilities?
That is an option you should consider depending on where you may live (on or off campus) and your Wi-Fi accessibility. If your Wi-Fi access will be limited, you may want to weigh the advantages of having cellular capabilities against the cost of your data plan if you were to use your phone as a hotspot. If you decide to purchase the cellular option, please be sure to check the cellular coverage in the Sterling area. The local providers are primarily Verizon and Viaero. Make sure the device you are considering meets the memory requirement of at least 32GB.
Can I anticipate saving enough (eBooks vs. textbooks) to offset the cost of my iPad?
That will depend on how many of your courses utilize eBooks verses a regular textbook. We found that the average costs of textbooks dropped from $630/semester in Fall 2014 to $475/semester in Fall 2015. Multiply that savings times four semesters and you will see that this savings essentially covers the costs of the iPad purchase. $155 x 4 = $620
Can I use financial aid to obtain my iPad or Mini?
Depending on your financial aid award, it is possible to apply it toward the cost of your iPad or Mini. Financial aid will be applied toward your student costs in the following order: tuition, fees, and room and board. Financial aid remaining after those listed can be applied toward the purchase of your iPad. For further information about obtaining your iPad through the college and using your financial aid award contact the NJC Cashier’s Office at 970-521-6728 or 970-521-6702.
Can I set up a payment plan?
The College is currently negotiating with a vendor to provide options for students to establish a payment plan to finance the purchase of their iPad through the College iPad Direct program. For more information on the payment plans, please visit our iPad Direct webpage and click on “Payment Plans Terms and Conditions” near the middle of the page.
Can I use an older iPad or a used iPad?
To get the most out of your experience, it is highly recommended that your iPad meet the minimum requirements stated above. It is necessary that your iPad operate on the most current iOS.
Can I use my iPod Touch or iPhone instead?
Probably not. In order to get the most out of your courses and learning experience, you will need to have an iPad. Many of the apps used in higher education require an iPad. It is very likely your instructors are going to use some of those and we don’t want you to miss out.
Can I use my laptop or Android tablet instead?
In order to maximize your learning experience and to be able to fully engage in the classroom experience, you will need access to AirDrop and AirPlay which are exclusive to the iPad Air device. Additionally, while there are some apps that are universal across devices, other apps are specific to iPads. Without an iPad, you would be left out of those interacting opportunities.
Will there be anything else I would need to purchase?
You should plan to budget approximately $20 a semester for apps. Some apps may cost more, but in some cases, they may replace the book that was previously required in that class. If you think you will be doing a lot of typing, you might consider purchasing a keyboard for your iPad. In addition, having a power bank that you can use to charge your iPad may come in handy. If you charge your iPad every night, you probably won’t have any problems; but if not, having an extra power supply that doesn’t require you to plug into an electrical outlet may be useful. Many accessories are available in the NJC Bookstore.
Does Northeastern have wireless?
Yes, the entire campus including the residence halls have wireless access. You will find that it will cover all of our wireless demands campus wide.
What if I need help with the technology?
One of the best things about iPads is that they are very intuitive and are known for their easy use. You’ll be up and running in minutes. The NJC Information Technology (IT) staff and Academic Technology (AT) staff are available to assist students who may need assistance. Our IT and AT staff will be available in ES French Hall room 215 on a drop-in basis to answer questions and provide assistance. Watch for signs as our staff will be available periodically in the college library, cafeteria, and some academic buildings the first week of the semester to assist students. They will also offer training sessions early in the semester for those new to Apple products and iPad technology. Students can also call our IT Help Desk at 521-6805 for assistance.
Since I am required to have an iPad, will the cost of it be tax deductible?
We can’t give tax advice, but we do encourage you to keep your purchase receipt and visit with your tax advisor.
If I am a part-time student, are there any other options for me to obtain an iPad?
Students who enroll in nine (9) credits or more per semester will be required to bring their own iPad or mini. There is a rental option for part-time students enrolled in eight (8) or fewer credits. The rental rate for an iPad Air II will be $180/semester. For more details please visit the iPad Rental Program page. Students who rent should read the rental and usage agreement carefully and be familiar with the requirements of renting an iPad.
If I am taking only personal enrichment courses or a re-certification course such as stained glass, ceramics, CPR/First Aid, etc. do I need an iPad?
No, you will not need an iPad for these types of courses. If you have questions about whether a personal enrichment or re-certification course will require an iPad, please contact the department that is offering the course.
If I am taking only online or CCCOnline classes, will I need an iPad?
No, you will not need an iPad if all of your courses are strictly online classes.
How can I protect my iPad or Mini?
It is highly recommended that you also purchase Apple Care Insurance for $99 and a protective case. Prices vary by quality, but cases might run approximately $40 and a combination case with a keyboard will run about $80-$85.
AppleCare? What’s that?
AppleCare in basic terms is your insurance coverage. Even though, every iPad comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support, accidents do happen. If your iPad gets damaged or broken, AppleCare can help you with the needed repairs or replacement.
AppleCare+ extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPad and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee.
What kind of support does AppleCare provide?
Support includes direct access to Apple experts for questions on a wide range of topics, including:
- Using iOS and iCloud
- Connecting to wireless networks
- Questions about FaceTime, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, and other Apple-branded iPad apps
It is recommended that AppleCare+ be purchased at the same time as your iPad. For more information visit Apple's website.
What’s 'the Cloud'?
The cloud is virtual storage space available for you to store your documents, photos, and backup your iPad. There is no additional cost to store your information in the Cloud.
I have a disability. Can I participate?
Apple has built into the iPad a number of accommodations to assist those with physical limitations.
What is a good resource for additional iPad information?
For more information check out Apple's iPad website apple.com/ipad
What if I have additional questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org