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Laptop Loan Fund

The University of Bradford has established the Laptop Loan Fund to help students who have no access to IT equipment, and do not have the financial means to purchase their own laptop.

Eligible students will receive a long-term laptop loan for the full duration of their course.

Students registered in the 2020/21 academic year are still able to apply to the Laptop Loan Fund. New students due to start with us in September 2021 will be able to apply once they are fully enrolled onto their course of study. 

Who can apply?

  • Home students
  • EU and International students
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate students 

You must be fully enrolled at the University and be attending your course during the 21/22 academic year. 

Are any students a particular priority for the Laptop Loan Fund?

The following student groups are treated as a priority:

  • Care experienced students
  • Estranged students
  • Students with child dependant(s)
  • Students with caring responsibilities

Applications from students in these groups will be considered first, before we process applications from all other students. 

Are any students ineligible to apply to the Laptop Loan Fund?

The following students are normally ineligible to apply to the scheme

  • Students who are not in receipt of the full student finance funding to which they are entitled (Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan)
  • Students who can access support with the cost of a laptop via the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
  • Students who already own a working laptop
  • Students on continuing professional development (CPD) and short courses
  • Incoming Erasmus students

If you are unsure of your eligibility for the scheme, please contact us for further guidance. 

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed but will reopen shortly ready for the start of the 2022/23 academic year. 

You will need to complete the application form and provide supporting evidence of your situation and finances. The application form will tell you what evidence you need to provide. We are unable to process your application if you do not send us all the required evidence. 

As applications will be dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis, we recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Frequently asked questions

How is the Laptop Loan Fund assessed?

Applications are assessed using the shortfall model, which looks at the difference between your income and expenditure. We will consider your expected income and expenditure and make a decision on whether or not you are in a position to purchase your own laptop, of if you need assistance. 

What will I receive if my application is successful?

Successful applicants will receive a laptop on a long-term basis for the full duration of their course. When you complete your studies, or if you leave your course early, you will have to give back the laptop. Technical support will be available throughout the duration of your studies. 

Why do I need to provide supporting evidence?

We need to confirm your situation to make sure we are completing an accurate assessment. The evidence you provide will help us to see if you qualify for the Laptop Loan Fund as University funds are limited.

What happens if I don’t provide all the requested evidence?

Then we will not be able to process your application. Make sure you check you have submitted the correct documents, as otherwise your application will be delayed.

How long will it take to assess my application? 

We will be processing applications as quickly as we are able to and we will be in touch as soon as we have news on your application. 

How will I know if I am successful?

We will send an email to your student email address to make you aware of our decision.

What if my application is not successful?

We have a limited number of laptops available through the Laptop Loan Fund so we will not be able to provide laptops to all applicants. If your application is unsuccessful, you can make use of the other computing facilities available to you. Please see our IT Service pages for more information.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

You can email us on laptopfund@bradford.ac.uk or call us on 01274 236504