CAO dates in 2016

You apply for almost all full-time undergraduate courses through the Central Applications Office (CAO). The CAO provides a handbook that lists all the courses on offer and gives information on how to apply. The closing date for 2016 applications from Irish and other European Union nationals is 5.15 pm on 1 February 2015. Late applications are allowed up to 5.15 pm on 1 May 2015. You can get a full list of dates on the CAO website.

Decisions on offers of places are normally made in August and September, after the results of the Leaving Certificate have come out.

Application deadlines and fees for 2016

Online discounted rate € 25 20 Jan 2016 (5:15pm)
Normal application (online or paper) € 40 1 Feb 2016 (5:15 pm)
Late online application € 50 1 May 2016 (5:15 pm)
Late paper application € 80 1 May 2016 (5:15 pm)
Change of Mind (opens from 5 May 2016) Nil 1 July 2016 (5:15 pm)

You can amend your course choices free until 30 January (the day before the normal application deadline). From 5 February 2016 you can pay €10 to amend your course choices online. There is a further chance to change your mind, free of charge, from 5 May 2016.

All fees are non-refundable. People who are applying for the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) schemes should indicate this on their online application forms by 1 March 2016.

Read our document on applying to college.