Government Laptop Loan Scheme

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, recently announced a financial package of €38 million in support of higher and further education for the 2021-2022 academic year. An allocation of this funding will be used by MTU Cork Campus for the procurement of additional ICT devices – including laptops – to support disadvantaged students who have difficulty in accessing a suitable device for their studies at higher education. This is a one-off, cash-limited grant and will not be repeated.

Who are the devices for?

The scheme is being provided to support students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage in higher education institutions in accessing ICT devices. Full-time and part-time students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are eligible to apply for a device under this scheme. The scheme covers both incoming first year students and returning students.

Please note International, non-EU fee-paying students will not be considered eligible for support under this scheme.

The following students may qualilify to be fast tracked for one of these laptops;

  • HEAR students who show evidence of their HEAR status, who are in receipt of SUSI, and who confirm need,
  • Students who are DARE eligible, who are in receipt of a special rate SUSI grant and who confirm need,
  • Mature students, in receipt of a full SUSI grant or SUSI fees only and in receipt of a means tested DEASP payment
    and who confirm need,
  • Sanctuary Scholarship Recipients
  • 1916 Bursary Fund Recipients

All other students must apply through the SAF process, as outlined on 


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.


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

  • 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 who are members of ethnic minorities

The SAF Application Form can be downloaded by clicking the image below



or by clicking here


Who owns the devices?

All devices remain the property of MTU Cork Campus and MUST be returned to MTU upon completing of the academic year.

MTU will ensure devices can be retrieved from students if they pause or discontinue their studies.

This scheme is a loan scheme only. 

MTU Cork Campus IT Code of conduct/USage Policy

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the MTU Cork Campus Usage Policy-

Queries regarding Government Laptop LOAN Scheme

Queries can be directed to