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Student Technology Requirements

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CCA requires that all students own an external storage device and laptop that meets our minimum system requirements. This requirement will help ensure that all students have access to the college’s digital resources at home or on campus.

  • Undergraduate students are required to own a laptop that meets the minimum system requirements for software used in the First-Year curriculum. If a student has an intended major, they should refer to the Program Technology Requirements page for specific requirements.
  • Graduate students should refer to the Program Technology Requirements page for specific laptop requirements, if their program is not listed the minimum system requirements will be appropriate.

If you have technology questions or need help deciding what technology to purchase, please contact the Help Desk.


Hardware Requirements

CCA's Minimum System Requirement for Fall 2020*

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Retina display
    2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
    16 GB RAM
    516 GB SSD storage
    Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
    AppleCare+ for Mac
    Purchase at CCA / Apple Online Store Bundles (Recommended System No. 1)

*Undergraduate students who know their intended major should purchase the laptop recommended here
*Graduate
students should purchase the laptop recommended for their program here. If your program is not listed the minimum system requirement will be appropriate.


External Drive Requirement

All CCA students are required to own an external storage device for saving coursework and backups of digital work. When working with high-resolution image files, motion graphics, and video files, a great deal of data storage space is needed.

  • External storage device:
    Connects via USB
    1 TB (Terabyte) minimum storage space
  • Recommended external storage devices:
    LaCie Mobile SSD High-Performance External Drive, purchase at CCA/Apple online store.

Software Requirements


CCA / Apple Education online store

We have partnered with Apple to offer laptops and peripherals that meet our technology requirements for all academic programs. Save on any Mac computer, iPad, Apple software, and select accessories by purchasing online through the CCA / Apple online store.

  • CCA faculty, staff, and students are eligible for educational pricing plus discounts on AppleCare and some MacBook Pro models.
  • To use the discount in person, visit an Apple Store with your current CCA ID.

What if my laptop doesn't meet the minimum requirement?

If you do not have a laptop that meets the requirements and are unable to purchase one, please complete this online form.

If you would like to request financial aid to purchase a laptop:

CARES Act funds or other CCA funds may be available to assist in purchasing technology needed for class.


The required costs of the Student Technology Program for incoming students are considered necessary educational expenses and as such may be eligible for various forms of financial aid. Students wishing to inquire about aid/loans to help cover the costs of their CCA Student Technology Requirement expenses are advised to complete a financial aid cost of attendance petition on the Financial Aid Forms page at https://portal.cca.edu/essentials/financial-aid/forms/.