Closing date for CAO applications approaching
It may be worthwhile reminding people that Saturday next, May 1, is the closing date for late applications for CAO.
The normal closing date each year is February 1, and the vast majority of applicants were in the CAO system by then, with a total of 71,843 by that date this year. This was a significant increase on the 2009 figure of 67,633. The number of late applicants is expected to be broadly in line with last year's figures -- about 4,000.
Late application is available to those who have not applied so far this year. Late applicants may apply to almost any course, except to those that are marked in the CAO handbook as being Restricted Application. (Restricted courses are those which involve selection procedures in addition to the Leaving Certificate, usually in advance of it.)
Not all categories of applicant may make a late application. Many higher education institutions (HEIs) will not accept them from mature students, who may be looking to be accepted on grounds other than examination results. Interviews may already be under way, or completed in many cases However, some HEIs will accept late applications from mature applicants through CAO.
The fee is €70 online and €90 for a paper application.
Late application is not to be confused with the Change of Mind facility, which comes into operation for all applicants from early May and continues until July 1. Any applicant who is in the CAO system may use this facility if they want to change their order of preference, or introduce new courses, with the exception of restricted application courses as well as some other restrictions for mature applicants. CAO emphasises that "Restricted-Application courses which are added for the first time via a Change of Mind are invalid choices and will not be considered".
There is no fee for using the Change of Mind facility.
Subject to specified exceptions and restrictions, applicants may change course choices as often as they wish, up to 5.15pm on July 1.
If an applicant uses the Change of Mind facility, it cancels and supersedes all the previous course choices in any category in which changes are made. However, choices in the two categories (Level 8 and Level 7/6) are considered to be completely separate from each other for this purpose. e.g. a change of Level 8 course choices will not affect Level 7/6 choices.
CAO will shortly send all applicants a Statement of Application Record. This final acknowledgement enables them to verify that all information has been recorded accurately. It is very important to check this thoroughly, to make sure your application is correct in every detail. Always open and check your mail from CAO.
CAO sends all applicants a Change of Mind form, so applicants have the choice of submitting it by paper or online.
All details are available in the CAO handbook or on CAO website.
Open days: Griffith College, Dublin hosts an open evening from 5.30-pm to 8pm today. Also today, the Open University in Ireland hosts an information evening in its Inquiry and Advice Centre in Holbrook House, Holles Street, Dublin 2. You can drop in between 2pm and 7pm for an informal conversation with an OU representative. Tomorrow, Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny hosts a horticulture careers day from 10am to 1pm.