COVID-19 Laptop/ICT 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 UCC 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.
A team of staff from Access services (UCC PLUS+, Mature Students Office, Disability Support Service) and the Students Union are working together to assess applications for this scheme.
To be eligible for a laptop you must be:
- registered as a full or part-time student in 2020-21
- and be from a low-income household, with an annual reckonable income not exceeding €49,840 Gross.
Eligibility will be on a needs basis, prioritised as appropriate by UCC. In all cases, UCC 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 or their family do not have the means to purchase such a device themselves.
- Non-EU fee-paying students, Erasmus and Study Abroad students are not eligible to apply to this scheme.
- Students who are not taking a programme which is leading to a full award (e.g. single modules) are not eligible.
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
- 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 loan 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.
To apply you will need to fulfil one of the options below:
- Provide a full and complete copy of SUSI award letter for the current academic year, showing that you are eligible for 100% Contribution Fee (Reckonable income must be under (€49,840) OR
- Confirm that you are a current HEAR student in UCC OR
- Confirm that you received funding from the UCC Student Assistance Fund in 2019/20 OR
- Evidence that you were in receipt of a means tested DEASP payment by providing a full Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) statement of payments for you/your household for the year ending 2019.
If you do not meet any of the categories above; you should apply for the Student Assistance Fund in the first instance, it will open in early October https://www.ucc.ie/en/saf
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 PolicyCOVID
How do I apply?
To apply, please click the following link and fill out the dedicated web form on the UCC COVID FAQ page