In May, a Statement of Application Record e-mail is sent to all applicants. The purpose of this e-mail is to instruct you to log in and verify that all of your information has been recorded completely and correctly on your CAO Account. Failure to follow this instruction may have serious consequences for your application. This year, the Statement of Application Record e-mail replaces the postal Statement of Application Record.
If you are unsure about your course choices, you can make amendments to your application from May 5th, when the Change of Mind Facility Opens.
As a CAO applicant, you will be able to register change of course choices online, free of charge. If you make changes online, an acknowledgement will be sent to the e-mail address you used at the application stage.
There is no fee for using the Change of Mind facility, and there is no limit to the number of changes you can make up to the closing date. However, there are some exceptions and restrictions which are mentioned further down.
Make sure you read the following before Making Changes:
Please find below some up to date information/website links for students applying to colleges for the academic year of 2020-2021. As you will understand, the concerns of the colleges and their faculty are the same as yours; how will their students complete their course of study and finish exams for this academic year. No information has issued from DES, in relation to this years Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations, so whether the applications processes for this year will change, we still don’t know yet.
NUIG have planned a series of virtual events where you can have your questions answered live. For further information and a list of the scheduled events please go to nuigalway.ie/virtual-events/
Trinity College Dublin has a dedicated email address for those students hoping to attend this year. Any queries can be forwarded to them at the following address: email@example.com.
National college of Art and Design – postgraduates applications are now invited. Applicants should visit www.ncad.ie and follow the website links.
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The Central Applications Office (CAO) online application facility opens on Tuesday, 5 November from noon.
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.
To apply to CAO go to www.cao.ie and click on ‘Apply’.
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.
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
73,157 applicants at close of CAO normal application deadlineThe Central Applications Office (CAO) normal application deadline closed at 5:15pm today, 1 February. The application figure to this deadline was 73,157. This figure does not represent the total number of CAO applicants as a late application facility opens on 5 March and closes on the 1 May at 5:15pm.
A Change of Course Choices facility will become available on the CAO website on Tuesday, 5 February for all registered applicants. This facility can be used by mature applicants to add course choices and for applicants who have forgotten to include a restricted course on their CAO application – a fee of €10 applies.
Most applicants will use the free Change of Mind facility which opens in May and closes on 1st July at 5:15pm, but there are some restrictions. Speaking about the application process, CAO communications officer Eileen Keleghan commented, “Most applicants who have already applied to CAO will have opportunities to change their course choices in May or June for no extra charge. If an applicant has forgotten to apply for a restricted course, or if they are a mature applicant wishing to make changes to their courses, they should avail of our Change of Course Choices facility which opens on the 5 February and is available until 5:15pm on 1 March for a fee of 10 euro”.
“The Late Application facility becomes available on the 5 March and closes on the 1 May at 5:15 pm, however restrictions apply. The Late Application fee is €60 for online applicants and €90 for paper applicants,” she said.
“Students with concerns about their options or their application should consult their Guidance Counsellor, the Admissions Officers in the individual institutions, and read the CAO Handbook. If they cannot find the answer to their application query they can email CAO using the ‘Contact’ page on the website,” she added.
The CAO website contains a number of resources for CAO applicants including CAO Video Guides, a copy of the CAO Handbook, and resources for parents and guardians. Visit www.cao.ie for more information.
Applicants who have not yet completed their application are urged by CAO to do so immediately, particularly mature applicants, applicants for the HEAR or DARE schemes, or those who are thinking about applying for a restricted course.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) application deadline for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions is Friday, 1 February at 5:15pm.
Applicants who have already made a CAO application have up to 5:15 pm on 1 February to add, remove or re-order courses free of charge. If an applicant is considering applying for a restricted course they should make sure to include the course details in their application before this deadline. If they do not apply for a restricted course before the deadline an additional fee of ?10 applies for the use of the Change of Course Choices facility which is available (to registered applicants only) from 5 February to 1 March at 5:15 pm.
The CAO Change of Mind facility opens on the 6 May. This facility allows applicants the opportunity to add, remove or change the order of their courses as many times as they like (and free of charge) right up the 1 July at 5:15 pm, however it is important to note that restrictions apply. Applicants are reminded that they should list their course choices in genuine order of preference.
To apply to CAO go to www.cao.ie and click on 'Apply'.