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Microsoft Student Select/MCA Program for ISU Students

As an Iowa State University student, you can get the latest Microsoft software at a fraction of the retail price through Tech CYte at Iowa State University.

The current MCA program offers the following products for only $10 each:

  • Office 2010 for Windows
  • Office 2011 for Macs
  • Windows 7 Upgrade (either 32 or 64 bit)

Students are allowed 1 copy per product, per version - 1 Office for Mac, 1 Office for Windows, 1 Windows OS Upgrade. When new versions of software are released, students are eligible for the new versions. The Windows Upgrade may be installed in a dual-boot scenario on a Mac with no prior version of Windows. Students even retain the rights to the software after graduation.

MCA software is currently available only to students with Majors in the following Colleges:

  • Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Business
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • LAS
  • Vet Med

Human Science is not currently enrolled in the MCA option, but you can still purchase Microsoft education versions at Tech CYte for a significant savings over retail prices.

To qualify for Microsoft Student Select/MCA software, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a qualifying college
  • Show your student ID to the Tech CYte desk in the University Bookstore (Memorial Union).
  • Pay for your software using cash, personal check, credit card, or CyCash.

If you have questions about the Student Select program at Iowa State, please contact us at [email protected]

FAQ: What can I do if my TechCyte or MSDNAA copy of Windows 7 is not activating?

Pricing and Ordering Third-Party Memory

Tech CYte is your source for third-party memory for most types of computers. To get a price quote, submit the relevant information via our online configuration form. With that information, we will generate a memory configuration for your machine. You may have this configuration faxed or emailed to you. Note that memory prices usually vary slightly each day.

Departments can place an order for memory by sending the configuration back to Tech CYte with an intramural. Personal orders must be placed in person at University Book Store, Memorial Union. Commonly requested modules are kept in stock. Non-stock items are usually available within a matter of days.

Configuration Form

To complete the configuration form you need to know the brand and model of your machine, the amount of memory currently installed, as well as the amount of memory you wish to add. Original manufacturer part numbers and/or a description of the memory (such as from a users guide) is also very helpful.

For Gateway machines, the motherboard part number (e.g., MBDSAC032AAWW) is required. If we have additional questions, we will contact you by email. The better you describe what you need, the better we can determine an appropriate memory configuration for your machine.


Generally, laptop computers do not use generic memory. Each brand, and often each model, uses unique memory. As a result, only memory for the larger-selling laptops is usually available other than through the dealer that sold the machine.

Memory for Apple, Compaq, Gateway, HP, IBM, NEC, and Toshiba laptops is readily available. For many others, particularly generic laptops, it is not.

Configuration Form

Prices are subject to change without notification.

For information on computer sales, software or electronics, contact us at 515-294-8357 or send e-mail to [email protected]

Service and Repair

Special Orders

Can't find what you're looking for on here or in our store? Give us a call at 515-294-8357 or stop in during store hours and we'll make sure to help you out.
We can make personal orders from other distributors at no extra charge to you, shipping is on us and we will simply email you when it's here and ready for you to come pick it up and pay.
If you want to move things along go ahead and fill out our Personal Purchase Agreement Form ahead of time.


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Sat 10:00 - 4:00


Fax: 515-294-3702
Phone: 515-294-8357
[email protected]