Aloha everybody! I just wanted to hear your thoughts about this. I live in Hawaii studying animation and I need to buy a new laptop for the fall 2009 semester. Q 1) I was planning to buy a 17 inch mbp but I was wondering if Apple had financing available for students other than having to apply for a Juniper Visa Card. T_T I'm paying for my own tuition by having two jobs, and my family is having trouble with financial crisis that I'm trying to save up everything in my power to get a macbook pro on my own. I really don't want to burden my parents. I've been skipping meals to save some money... Tried financial aid but it seems like they wouldn't be able to help me... I will be getting a college student discount so that saves me around $200. I've saved around $1500 so far... but if Apple had 0% or low financing other than having to apply for a visa card, that would help me a lot... I wanted to get a 4gb 17 inch because I might as well invest on a good computer. I can't afford 8gb ram so I'll probably upgrade later on. So I guess my biggest dilemma is being able to buy a mbp by mid August. I make around $800 a month (which is not a lot) and give $200 to my parents from that and donate around $50 to church/charity a month. Would I be able to make it? I also need to think about tuition and other factors... I'm just so concerned because animation is something I love to do... and its really hard trying to make things work... I just wanted to get this little problem I have out there. Mahalo for your attention to this matter, and I hope you have a great day =] thank you for "listening"! -nak- **Update** 4/30/09 Hi Guys! I just want to say thank you so much for the replies. I really appreciate it. Well the thing is, the reason why I need a laptop is because my Animation department is closing down our computer lab due to budget cuts. This semester, I've been practically living in there but I recently found out that it would be gone by next semester because they could not keep up with the licenses on Maya. T.T If they had the lab open next semester, I wouldn't be in this dilemma. And only macbook pros meet the requirements that my school has regarding softwares I need to use and specs compared to PC and macbook. 1) I don't really mind skipping meals too much... I guess I'm getting used to it. I eat at least one meal (lunch) and I eat apples in the morning so its not too bad. 2) My school has charities going on throughout the month and I kind of feel bad when they ask me to donate and I have to tell them no... >_<; I'll work on that.. but yeah... giving has been a part of my life and it helps me to remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to live, have parents, etc. 3) The school highly recommended me a laptop since I would be on and off campus for animation classes and they said it would be better if I had a portable computer. 4) I'm a bit worried about the loan and what not because my parents are in debt and I guess I'm worried about financing. So my question would be, does anybody know anything about applying as a student developer? Is that like applying for a job or is it like a special program they have for students? All these recommendations are great. Thank you so much for giving me your 2 cents to this situation. I truly appreciate it.