Laptop Lending Scheme
The COVID-19 Laptop Lending Scheme is open for applications now.
As part of the package of COVID supports for higher and further education institutions approved by Government on 22 July 2020, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has allocated €10 million of capital funding for a once-off COVID-19 grant to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices.
For the academic year 2021/22, through the COVID supports grant scheme, MIC will have a limited number of laptops available to loan to eligible students. This is a long-term loan scheme and the laptop remains the property of MIC.
Please Note: The devices will remain the property of MIC and will be distributed to eligible students by means of an appropriate lending/rental scheme. A loan agreement including terms and conditions will apply. Should a student defer/withdraw from MIC, they are required to return the laptop.
How To Apply
Who can apply?
This scheme is being provided to support disadvantaged students in higher education institutions in accessing ICT devices. Full-time and part-time students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are eligible to apply under this scheme. The Grant covers both incoming first year students and returning students.
International, non-EU fee-paying students would not be considered eligible for support under this scheme.
Who is eligible to apply?
Students must be in receipt of a SUSI grant or a means-tested social welfare payment. Priority will be given to students of target groups identified under the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2021 who are socio-economically disadvantaged:
- Students disadvantaged by socio-economic barriers
- First-time mature students
- Students with disabilities
- Part-time/flexible learning students
- Students who hold further education qualifications
- Students who are members of the Traveller and Roma communities
- Student who are lone parents
- Students who are members of ethnic minorities
Eligibility will be on a needs basis and MIC must be satisfied that a student who receives a device under this grant has demonstrated the need for the device to access their programme of study e.g. they or their family do not have the means to purchase such a device themselves. Applicants may be asked to provide documentation including proof of their own or their parent’s income, as appropriate, and receipts for costs such as rent, bills or childcare.
There are likely to be more applicants than devices and so there is no guarantee that all applications will be successful, even if students meet the criteria. Applications will be assessed on the basis of income, socio economic disadvantage group, geo-codes and personal statement.
How to apply
Students are required to fill out an online form, which will be available at the start of the academic year.
How will applications be assessed?
Eligibility will be on a need basis, prioritised as appropriate by MIC. Students will need to demonstrate a need for such a device e.g. they or their family do not have the means to purchase such a device themselves. Devices will not be allocated to persons who are not registered students of MIC
Please contact LaptopScheme@mic.ul.ie with any further queries on the laptop loan scheme.
All applicants for this laptop scheme are advised to also apply for the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) when it opens at the beginning of semester one. Eligible applicants to the SAF will receive financial assistance contributing to the cost of expenses associated with college which may be put towards the purchase of a laptop.
For queries relating to SAF please contact AccessOffice@mic.ul.ie
Device technical aspects
- Latitude 5410, 14"
- Intel i5-10210U processor
- 8GB RAM
- 256 GB SSD
- 1366 x 768 screen resolution
- 5 Years Next Business Day Support
- Windows 10 Home
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