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Friday 29 August 2014

Phones are 'hopping' at CAO office

Brian Byrne

Published 15/01/2014 | 02:30

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Students at the end of their Leaving Cert last year

PHONES at the national third-level applications office are said to be "constantly hopping" as thousands of students prepare for one of the most important decisions they will ever make.

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Prospective undergraduate students have been making hundreds of calls to the Central Applications Office (CAO), the body responsible for processing applications to third-level institutions.

The closing date for applications is February 1 -- but students wishing to avail of the discounted application fee of €25 must submit theirs by next Monday, January 20.

Many queries concern the eight-digit application number, which applicants receive upon submitting their personal information and paying the application fee. A spokesperson for the CAO said some students incorrectly believed that they required the number to apply for a third-level course. They clarified that numbers are sent out as soon as the fee is paid.

The spokesperson said applicants with queries should consult the CAO Handbook, available on the CAO website.

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