Student Laptop Loan Scheme

Application process is now closed.


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 allocated funding to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices.

Under this scheme undergradute or postgraduate students may be eligible to receive a laptop, on long-term loan, in order to assist with online learning. The scheme is currently closed for applications.

The NUI Galway 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 NUI Galway students.


  • 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 gross annual income below €49,840.
  •  Eligibility will be on a needs basis, prioritised as appropriate by NUI Galway. In all cases, NUI Galway 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.

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

Ineligible Students: 

  • 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 NUI Galway award (e.g. those taking single modules only) are not eligible. 

Documentation Required:

Student applicants will be asked to provide evidence of their SUSI grant or means-tested social welfare payment to prove eligibility.

Applications are now closed.


For Further Information:


Laptop Collection:

Successful applicants will recieve an email informing them of the date and time they have been allocated to collect their laptop. They will also revieve copies of the Acceptance Form and set up instructions, which can be viewed below.

Laptop Loan Scheme Acceptance Form DS

 Laptop Setup Information


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