Laptop on Loan Scheme for 2021
The Laptop On Loan scheme is a targeted scheme funded by the Department of Education and Skills to support implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education and to address the digital divide experienced by disadvantaged students as a result of the Pandemic. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently underrepresented in higher education.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Laptop on Loan scheme targeted at?
The Laptop on Loan scheme targets at students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the following socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education:
· 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
What does “socioeconomically disadvantaged” mean?
This term usually means that you live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage where not many people from that area go on to third level education by tradition or for financial reasons. You may have attended a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school. You may be a lone parent or have previously been in the Care of the State/Tusla. Your family income may mean that you are not be able to go to college without financial help. You may be from a socio-economic group that is underrepresented in higher education. All of these factors, either individually or in combination, mean that you may have significant additional social and financial barriers making it difficult to access and succeed in higher education.
What will the Laptop on Loan scheme do?
The Laptop on Loan scheme will provide long and short term loans of laptops to students identified by the assessment procedure as being the most socio-economically disadvantaged of these target groups. The scheme will complement existing student supports and access initiatives within the higher education institutions.
Who can apply for the Laptop on Loan scheme?
Students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education listed above;
Student’s household / family income must be less than €45,575 in 2020.
Students must be attending a full-time or part-time course undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that:
(a) takes not less than two years to complete,
(b) on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Who cannot apply for the Laptop on Loan scheme?
Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €45,575 gross for the family in 2020.
When is the application deadline for the Laptop on Loan scheme?
Applications are currently open until the end of semester 2.
Where can I get an application form for the Laptop on Loan scheme?
Applicants can complete an application for the Laptop On Loan scheme here.
Please note: You need to be a registered student to access the application form.
What documentation do I need to provide for the Laptop on Loan scheme
If you have applied to the Student Assistance Fund and supplied the documentation for that Fund the same documentation will cover the Laptop on Loan scheme.
If you are applying just for the Laptop on Loan scheme you will need to provide the following:
You must submit your income details:
- If you have been awarded a SUSI grant and have a letter from SUSI stating your family income you can submit all three pages of that letter.
- If you have been awarded a SUSI grant and have a letter stating your grant remains the same as last year you will need to submit your family income details as they will not be on the SUSI letter.
- If you have applied and not been awarded a SUSI grant or are not eligible you need to supply your family income details.
The family income details may include the following documentation:
- P21(s) for 2020
- Department of Social Protection Statement for 2020
- Self-assessment letter - Chapter 4 for 2019
You can request a Dept of Social Protection Statement online.
You can request a P21 online.
What is expected of me if I am loaned a laptop?
- You will be expected to sign an asset loan contract.
- You will be expected to keep within the rules and regulations of your institution.
- You will be expected to agree to any assessment set out by your institution for your course.
- You will be expected to agree to the department managing confirming that you are engaged/registered with your course .
If I am refused, can I appeal?
There are two grounds for appeal:
- That you believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e., that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that lead to you not being awarded the loan.
- Or that you believe “insufficient weight was given to an aspect of your application” i.e., that all your circumstances were not taken into account when your application was being reviewed. That something important was not considered about your personal situation.
I applied but was not eligible. Are other financial supports available?
Yes. The institute has funds to support students experiencing financial hardship. The main fund available is the Student Assistance Fund.