ACE Laptop Loan Scheme
As part of the package of COVID supports for higher and further education institutions, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has allocated funding to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices. Under this scheme, undergraduate or postgraduate students may be eligible to receive a laptop, on long-term loan, in order to assist with online learning.
The ACE Laptop Loan scheme is available to you this academic year if you need to borrow a laptop for your studies and meet the eligibility criteria. This scheme is open to new and continuing students.
To be eligible for a laptop you must be:
· registered as a part-time student in ACE in 2020-21
· and be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection:
· Jobseekers Benefit
· Jobseekers Allowance
· One Parent Family
· Disability Allowance
· Qualified Adults of Working Age
· Carers Allowance
· Farm Assist/Fish Assist
· Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
· Blind Pension
· Deserted Wives Allowance
Eligibility will be on a needs basis, prioritised as appropriate by ACE. In all cases, ACE must be satisfied that a student who receives a device under this grant has demonstrated a verifiable need for such a device e.g. they are from one of the identified target groups and they do not have the means to purchase such a device themselves.
· Students who are not taking a programme which is leading to a full award (e.g. single modules) are not eligible.
Allocation of Devices
Allocation of devices will be based on the target groups identified in the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019:
· Students disadvantaged by socio-economic barriers
· Students with disabilities
· Students who are members of the Traveller and Roma communities.
· Students who are lone parents
· Students who are members of ethnic minorities
There may be more applicants than devices and there is no guarantee that you will be successful, even if you meet the criteria. All applicants must provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage. If your application to this scheme is not successful, you may still be eligible for financial support under the Financial Aid Fund for Part-time Students.
The Financial Aid Fund provides financial assistance for part-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. It is a seperate amont of monies allocated to part time students that comes under the auspices of the Student Assistance Fund.
The Student Assistance Fund is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
The fund cannot be used for tuition fees related to the course you are undertaking and is specifically intended to help students with the living costs associated with attending college.
The Financial Aid Part Time Fund will open in November 2020. General Guidelines and Case Studies are available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt/
Terms & Conditions of Laptop Loan Scheme:
Successful students will receive a laptop through a long-term loan scheme. It is anticipated that students will retain the device for the duration of the 20/21 Academic Year. The device will remain the property of University College Cork. Any student who discontinues their studies is obliged to return the device prior to withdrawing. Each student is responsible for their device and must commit to following the UCC IT Acceptable Usage Policy
Closing date for receipt of online applications is Friday 16th of October at 5pm.