Increase of over 5,000 applicants to CAO compared to same date last year

The Central Applications Office (CAO) has said that over 5,000 more applicants applied by the close of the reduced-fee deadline today (Wednesday, January 20) compared to the same date last year.

The application figure by the close of today’s deadline was 66,457; an increase of 5,070. Those thinking of applying to the CAO can still do so up to 5:15pm on February 1, for a fee of €45.

A late application facility will also open on March 5 and close on May 1 at 5:15pm, however, some restrictions apply, particularly in the case of mature applicants.

CAO spokesperson, Eileen Keleghan, commented: “We are pleased to see that so many applicants have already started their application well in advance of the February 1 deadline.

“The process of obtaining a CAO application number is really straightforward, so those interested in applying shouldn’t put off starting an application.

Applicants do not need to enter courses at this stage, they are just required to supply their personal details, tick a box or boxes on the qualifications and assessments section, make a payment and create a password.

“We urge all mature applicants, applicants interested in restricted courses, and those applying for the DARE [Disability Access Route to Education] or HEAR [Higher Education Access Route] schemes to apply before February 1 in order to avoid restrictions.

“Applicants for the DARE and HEAR schemes are required to complete online forms before March 1 at 5:15pm, and supply supporting documentation by March 15. Gathering supporting documentation can take some time, so the process should be started now if it hasn’t been started already.

“Mature applicants are also required to complete a Mature Applicant Form by March 1 and supply supporting documentation within 10 days of making an application.”