CAO Applications for Third Level College

01-December-22

November 2022

Dear Parent/Guardian,

CAO applications for 3rd level colleges are now open and will close on February 1st 2023. Your child should now register on CAO.ie and begin their application.

Further to the information you received at our CAO information evening on 22nd November, we would like to remind parents and guardians of the HEAR and DARE schemes in relation to college applications.

HEAR is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places at reduced points to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Hear scheme is based on the income in the family as well as other factors and so it is the responsibility of parents to research whether or not you may be eligible to apply for this scheme.

DARE is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places at reduced points to school leavers with disabilities / learning difficulties or long-term illness.

I would urge parents to access the following website for further information on both schemes, and to assess your child’s eligibility for either of these access routes into third level.

www.accesscollege.ie

In order to apply for either the HEAR or DARE scheme you must complete the relevant sections on the CAO form. Please be aware of deadlines and the requirement to submit documentation in support of your application.

If your child is applying for the DARE scheme, only Section B will be completed by the school with your child. We give this document to your child for you to post to CAO along with the other required documents.

Further information on third level education and options available to your child can be obtained on the following websites, which parents and students should become familiar with over the coming months: www.careersportal.ie , www.qualifax.ie , www.cao.ie.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us,

Trish O’Reilly Nicola McEvoy

Guidance Counsellor Guidance Counsellor

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