A government grant will allow NCI to provide eligible students with a laptop loan to assist them in completing their chosen course.
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 for a once-off COVID-19 grant to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices. The Grant covers both incoming first year and returning students.
This, cash limited, grant will allow NCI to provide eligible students with a laptop loan to assist them in completing their chosen course.
Applications for the laptop loan scheme are now closed for the 2023/24 academic year as we have reached maximum capacity.
We will provide updates on this page should more laptops become available and applications re-open.
As per Department of Education guidelines, eligibility will be on a needs basis, prioritised as appropriate by the College. The College require appropriate documentation to prioritise applications, including proof of the student’s/parent’s income, as appropriate, and receipts for costs such as rent, bills or childcare. In all cases, the College 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 or their family do not have the means to purchase such a device themselves.
Unfortunately, under this HEA scheme International, non-EU fee paying students are not eligible to apply for this grant.
NCI is required to allocate laptops on the basis of target groups:
- 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
- Lone parents Members of ethnic minorities
Eligibility will be assessed on a needs basis and students must demonstrate a verifiable need for the device. Students will have to submit evidence to NCI in order to prove eligibility. Examples of appropriate evidence can be found in the FAQs below.
NCI administers the Laptop Loan Scheme to NCI students only. If you attend another college, you should check directly with your own student services.