As part of the package of COVID-19 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.
Loan of Laptop Device
For the academic year 20/21, through the COVID supports grant scheme, LIT will have a limited number of laptop units available to loan to eligible students whether they are on campus or studying from home.
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 LIT 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 LIT 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
LIT Applications which will be available online from 9.00am on Monday, 14th September with a closing date of 5pm on Wednesday 7th October 2020. Email notification of this scheme will be issued to all students.
Is this an annual scheme?
No, this is a one-off scheme and will not be repeated.
Who owns the devices?
Devices remain the property of HEIs. HEIs need to ensure devices can be retrieved from students if they pause or discontinue their studies.
Following the application closing date, we will notify applicants as soon as possible.