CAO 2023 Timeline: Email to All Applicants

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CAO have sent an email to all applicants who applied to CAO by 1 February at 17:00 to remind them that there are particular sections of the application form that
must be complete and correct no later than 1 March at 17:00.

If applicants have not already done so, they need to log in to their CAO account (go to and click on `My Application`) and check that all of the information on their account is correct and complete.

CAO Email to All Applicants

The email contained the following information:

Items for your attention before 1 March at 17:00:

1. Correction of errors or omissions in course choices (this facility will close on 1 March at 17:00)

– If you have omitted any restricted courses, you now have an opportunity to introduce
these courses.
– If you are a mature applicant, you must ensure your course choices are correct and
complete before 1 March at 17:00.
If you need to change course choices at this time, go to `My Application`, log in to your
account and, in the course choices section click on `Change Course Choices` (or `Add Course Choices`) and follow the instructions. There is a 10 Euro charge for this service.

For more information, go to

2. DARE and HEAR Applications (Supplementary entry schemes for applicants with disabilities and from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds)

– If you wish to be considered for these schemes you must complete the appropriate
sections of the CAO application form no later than 1 March at 17:00.
– If you wish to apply to DARE, you must click on the Modify Disability/SLD (& DARE
Application) button, complete the Supplementary Information Form and answer `Yes` to Question 1 by 1 March at 17:00.
– If you wish to apply to HEAR, you must complete all relevant sections of the online HEAR Application Form by 1 March at 17:00.
– DARE HEAR supporting documentation must arrive in CAO no laterthan 15 March at 17:00.
– DARE HEAR Eligibility Carry Forward: DARE applicants who wish to carry forward their DARE eligibility from 2022 to 2023 must complete the Supplementary Information Form including Question 1(b), by 1 March at 17:00. HEAR applicants who wish to carry forward their HEAR eligibility from 2022 to 2023 must complete all relevant sections of the HEAR application form, including Section 8, by 1 March at 17:00.

See, the 2023 CAO Handbook and the CAO website for more details.

Instructions for submitting a DARE or HEAR application may be found in the DARE HEAR Application Handbooks and at and

3. Mature applicant section

If you are a mature applicant and you have not yet completed the mature section of the
application form, you can do so up to 1 March at 17:00. Log in to your account via the `My Application` facility and click on `Mature Applicant Form`.

More information on the Mature Applicant Form can be found here:

Mature applicants to Nursing/Midwifery, Primary teaching and Graduate entry programmes are not required to complete Mature Applicant sections unless they are also applying for other courses and wish to be considered on the grounds of mature years for those courses.

Mature applicants may be interested in Uversity Higher Education Scholarships for Adult learners – see – CAO plays no role in the processing of scholarship applications.

Other items to note:

4. Mature applicant for nursing/midwifery

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) set the criteria for entry to nursing and midwifery degree programmes. They require that all mature applicants to nursing and midwifery degree programmes in 2023 must be successful in an assessment test to be eligible to compete. For detailed information regarding the assessment test, see the following website:

5. Grant applications

If you intend to apply for a grant ( you may indicate this on your CAO online
application. CAO will then provide your identification and offer/acceptance details to the
grant authority (SUSI). Other than providing these details to the grant authority, CAO plays no role in the processing of grant applications. Grant applications should be made on the grant authority website

6. Entry requirements and exemptions

You should ensure that you will meet the minimum entry requirements of the courses you are applying for. The Higher Education Institution websites and prospectuses have details of these. There may be some concessions, such as exemption from minimum age requirements, Irish language and other language requirements, etc.

If you are seeking an exemption from minimum entry requirements such as Irish (ROI
applicants only) or a third language you must do the following:
– If applying to TCD, University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College you must contact the Admissions Office directly.
– In the case of NUI institutions (i.e. UCC, UCD, Maynooth University, University of Galway, RCSI, and NCAD , you must contact the NUI (see for details). CAO plays no role in processing exemption applications.

For further information:

EU students presenting with qualifications other than the Irish School Leaving Certificate Examination should view the agreed entry requirements criteria for EU/EFTA Applicants here: and the information sheet at

7. Correspondence from CAO

We will send a Statement of Application Record email to all applicants in May. You must follow the instructions in this email carefully and modify your application if anything is incorrect or omitted from your CAO account. Throughout the application process, we will contact you by email and/or text. Please regularly check the Correspondence Section of your CAO Account – this section contains a history of all emails sent to the email address registered on your CAO application, and any online queries that you have submitted to CAO whilst logged in to your CAO Account.

8. Change of Mind

The Change of Mind facility opens on 5 May and closes on 1 July at 17:00. This facility is free of charge and may be used as many times as you like, however some restrictions apply (e.g., mature applicants and restricted courses – see page 3 of the CAO Handbook). For more information, go to

9. Offer and Acceptance Schedule

We will provide you with an update on the offer and acceptance schedule when we
communicate with you in May. is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level, CAO and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses and colleges.

Steven Galvin

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