CAO Open for Applications

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It’s that time of year again. Time to get your thinking hats on and start researching colleges and planning those open days; the Central Applications Office (CAO) online application facility has just opened. It pays to throw your hat in the ring early, as applications can be made online for a reduced fee of €30 before 20 January at 5:15 pm. A fee of €45 applies after this time and until the normal closing date of 1 February at 5:15 pm.  With the CAO open, if you know what you’d like to study, get yourself over to and click on ‘Apply’.

Do Your Research

Potential applicants are advised to read the CAO Handbook and to become familiar with the various guides available in the Student Resources section of the CAO website, including the demo application facility and the video guides explaining the application process.

Tips from the Experts

CAO communications officer, Eileen Keleghan, reminds applicants that they can practice their application in advance: “There is an online demo application facility available on the CAO website. This facility can be used by applicants to become more familiar with the application form.

“Once you have read the CAO Handbook you can go to the CAO website and click on Apply. You must enter your personal details and you will also be asked to indicate the qualifications and assessments sections that are relevant to you before making a payment and creating a password. Once all of these steps have been completed correctly, you will receive an email containing your CAO application number and a verification code.

“When you have registered, you can log in to your CAO account to provide the additional information required to support your application and to enter your course choices.

CAO Open – Register Today

“It is a good idea to enter some course choices at this stage, however, applicants can log in to their account to add, remove or change the order of their courses as many times as they like up to 1 February for no extra charge.

“There is no reason to delay registering with CAO. You should obtain your application number and submit any additional information required of you before the 1 February at 5:15pm”, added Ms Keleghan.

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