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COVID-19 ICT Student Support Scheme: 

Laptop Lending Scheme - applications open

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science announced as part of the package of COVID-19 supports for higher and further education institutions a once-off COVID-19 grant to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices. This grant will be used by Marino Institute of Education to purchase 47 laptops and students may apply to borrow the laptops to support their studies, including participation in online learning.

This scheme is being provided to support disadvantaged students in higher education institutions in accessing ICT devices. Full-time and part-time students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are eligible to apply under this scheme. The Grant covers both incoming first year students and returning students.  International, non-EU fee-paying students would not be considered eligible for support under this scheme. 

Priority will be given to the categories listed below. However, should laptops remain available for lending when all such applicants have been considered, then other students will be considered for the scheme (e.g. students whose family financial circumstances have changed as a result of the Pandemic).

Should you require any further information or have any questions please email your query to Louise Condon at access@mie.ie

To be eligible for this scheme:  Students must be in receipt of a SUSI grant or a means-tested Social welfare payment.  Priority will be given to students of target groups identified under 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.
  • Student who are lone parents
  • Students who are members of ethnic minorities

To apply for a loan laptop please complete the application form in full and submit it along with all the relevant supporting documentation and personal statement by email to access@mie.ie 

Should you have any questions please contact Louise Condon (T) 01 805 7752 or (E) access@mie.ie