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Grant for laptops for secondary school students

Courses available include IT training

Secondary school students with financial problems will be eligible for up €400 from the government to purchase a new laptop, the cabinet decided on Wednesday.
The students or their families will have to be recipients of state aid or Guaranteed Minimum Income. The grant applies to students in the second year of state high schools, private secondary schools registered with the education ministry, and students on evening secondary school foundation courses.
The grant, which can reach up to €400 comes in a bid to support students in need of new technology, the education ministry said and will be issued under strict guidelines.
Students must order the laptop – without paying – between April 27 and August 31 from any supplier or store.
They will receive a letter from school outlining the requirements and process they must follow. It will include a form the parents or guardians will be required to fill. Students on foundation courses can complete the forms themselves provided they are over 18.
Once it is ordered, students will have to hand in the paperwork to the school which will review the application. If approved, the school will directly pay the company for the laptop.
Once received, students will have to confirm they have the device in their possession.
If students buy the laptop online, they will have to hand in the receipt and showcase the laptop as proof.
Students will not be compensated for more than €400 even if the laptop is more expensive.
Laptops must fulfil certain criteria which can be found here
For technical information regarding the laptop call 22306030 or 22 800667 for more details on the application process. Emails can be sent to [email protected]

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