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Government Laptop Loan Scheme

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, recently announced a significant financial package of €168 million in support of higher and further education. €15 million of this will be used to address concerns regarding the digital divide for disadvantaged students in the context of the shift to online and blended models of learning and which were identified by a range of stakeholders through the COVID-19 structures put in place to co-ordinate responses among the further and higher education sectors. This is a one-off, cash-limited grant and will not be repeated.

CIT received some of this funding to purchase laptops to support students who experience disadvantage with online learning.

Who are the devices for?

The 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 for a device under this schem. 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 will automatically qualify for one of the laptops.

  • Incoming first year HEAR students and who confirm need.
  • First year students who are DARE eligible, also in receipt of a full SUSI grant (SUSI assessment process) and who confirm need.
  • First year mature students, also in receipt of a full SUSI grant (SUSI assessment process) and who confirm need.
  • First year Sanctuary Students

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

The SAF Application Form can be downloaded via the link below;

CIT SAF Application Form 2020/21


NB: Incoming first year students cannot apply until they receive their CIT Student Number at registration. 

The application process is only open for post first years at present (2,3 and 4th years plus part time/post grad students). 

Who owns the devices?

Devices remain the property of CIT. CIT will ensure devices can be retrieved from students if they pause or discontinue their studies.


Queries regarding Government Laptop LOAN Scheme

Queries can be directed to