Applications for the Government Laptop Scheme 2022/2023 on our Limerick, Tipperary and Clare campuses will open on the 26th of September.
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.
Loan of Laptop Device
For the academic year 22/23, 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, participation and success in Higher Education 2022 - 2028:
- Living in an area of designated disadvantage
- Student registered with a disability including intellectual disability
- From a socio-economic disadvantaged group – HEAR/Special Rate of SUSI grant
- Member of the Irish Traveller Community
- Member of Roma Community
- First time Mature Student Entrant
- Second time Mature Student Entrant
- FET/QQI Applicant
- Member of an Ethnic Minority, Refugee or Migrant
- Lone Parent / Teen Parent (You the student are a lone parent / Teen Parent)
- Survivor of Domestic Violence
- Experience with Homelessness
- Carer (you the student are a carer)
- Experience of the Care system
- Experience of the criminal justice system
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
An application form will be available at the link below starting the 26th of September.
Who owns the devices?
Devices remain the property of TUS.
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.