Many schools have an electrical or electronics department. If you can't do the repair yourself, then make a friend in the EE department and pay up by grading papers or whatever they want as payment.
I just got a frantic email from a friend. He's a very poor university student and can't afford to take the laptop in the shop at this time.
Classes have just started and he's having a problem with the power cord staying connected. It keep falling out. So he sits holding the cord in with one hand and typing with the other.
Now he using this on the go..where he goes it goes.
Is there anything that he can do to "rig" a fix until funds become available to have it looked at by a tech.
I told him how much everyone here has help me..and that maybe you might have a answer for him.
I suggested electrical tape but that would prevent him from taking it from one place to another.