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Government Laptop Scheme

Government Laptop Scheme

The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has allocated capital funding to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices. Full-time and part-time students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) may apply to this scheme. The scheme is open to both incoming first year students and returning students. 

International, non-EU fee-paying students would not be considered eligible for support under this Grant.

Students will receive notification of the outcome of their application to their student email address.


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Applications for the Government Laptop Scheme are now closed for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.

Loan of Laptop Device

For the academic year 21/22, the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS) will have a limited number of laptop units available to loan to eligible students.

Who can apply?

Full-time and part-time students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are eligible to apply for a laptop under this Grant. The Grant covers both incoming first year students and returning students.
International, non-EU fee-paying students are not considered eligible for support under this grant.

Eligible Students – Application Criteria

Eligibility will be on a needs basis and in accordance with the guidelines. The Access Service 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 household income, as appropriate, and receipts for living costs such as rent, bills or childcare.

In deciding which students should receive a device, institutions are required to allocate them on the basis of the target groups identified in the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015 - 2021:

  • 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
  • Students who are lone parents
  • Students of ethnic minorities
Allocated Devices Ownership

The devices will remain the property of TUS and will be distributed to eligible students by means of an appropriate lending/rental scheme. A loan agreement including the terms and conditions will apply.

How to Apply

The application form for the scheme is available at the link below.

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Who owns the devices?

Devices remain the property of TUS.

Application Outcome

Following the application closing date, your application will be assessed. If your application has been successful, then you will be required to fill out a contract of responsibility for the laptop. You can find the contract of responsibility form by clicking the button below.

Contract of Responsibility Form