Got an Ineligible Outcome for DARE and/or HEAR? Here’s what to do

If your application for DARE and/or HEAR was deemed ineligible, you can make a Review and Appeal application.

For further details of how to make a Review and Appeal application for DARE click here.

If you need some advice or support in making your  DARE Review and Appeal application, you can get in touch with an advisor at one of our participating colleges here.

For further details of how to make a Review and Appeal application for HEAR click here.

If you need some advice or support in making your  DARE Review and Appeal application, you can get in touch with an advisor at one of our participating colleges here.

COVID-19 Update

At this time, all DARE and HEAR related dates listed on cao.ie, accesscollege.ie and in promotional materials remain unchanged by the recent announcement on the use of Calculated Grades for the Leaving Certificate. These dates will remain unchanged until further notice.

All participating DARE and HEAR colleges will reduce points and make offers for courses in exactly the same way once an applicant has matriculated for required subjects etc and fulfilled other requirements for DARE HEAR eligibility.


DARE Applications 2019-20

The 2020 CAO On-line Application Facility is now open.

Online applications to both DARE and HEAR can be made on www.cao.ie until 17:15 on 1 March.


2020 DARE & HEAR Application Information Day

Date: Saturday 11 January 2020
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Nationwide

DARE organises Application Information Events each year. The Application Information Day provides an opportunity for you and/ or your parent(s)/ guardian(s) to drop in to meet with a member of the DARE team to discuss your application. Drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm for information on the HEAR and DARE Schemes:

Talk to DARE and HEAR advisors about your application.
Information videos will be shown hourly throughout the morning.
Applicants, parents, guardians, teachers, guidance counsellors all welcome.

Please click here for further details on the specific locations of this event

Changes to requirements for applicants with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD)

DARE no longer requires a full psycho-educational report dated within the previous three years of application for students applying on the basis of an SLD (Dyslexia or Dyscalculia).

• Applicants are required to submit a full psychological assessment report of any age in which a diagnosis of an SLD is clearly outlined.
• Applicants will be required to submit attainment scores, either from school-based testing or from testing administered by a suitably qualified psychologist, which have been carried within the previous two years.
• As with all other disability categories, a completed EIS must be included in the application to DARE.

Upcoming Key Dates

1st March Complete your DARE Application Form by 17:15
15th March Submit copies of DARE supporting documents to CAO by 17:15

Changes for General Practitioners completing the Section C Evidence of Disability

• Applicants who have an existing diagnosis but have difficulty accessing the appropriate professional to get confirmation of the diagnosis or an updated report may ask their general practitioner (GP) to complete the Section C Evidence of Disability form, if the GP has the relevant information on file.

• To ensure consistency for all applicants to DARE, the Section C (if completed by a GP) must be accompanied by a copy of a document from the applicant’s file in which the diagnosis is confirmed by the DARE appropriate professional.

A Word of Thanks

We would like to thank our school partners for your commitment and patience in working with DARE in what was a challenging year given the significant changes to the criteria and requirements. As a direct result of your hard work in promoting DARE and supporting your students through the DARE application process, many more applicants applied, were deemed eligible and are now fulfilling their dreams and potential.

We would also like to thank all the Guidance Counsellors and Learning Support Teachers who participated in the evaluation of the new Educational Impact Statement. Your feedback was very valuable. We have endeavoured to incorporate as much of it as possible in the EIS for 2017. We look forward to continuing to work with you on this important equity of access initiative in 2017.

Introducing the Changes for 2017

This year is the second and final year of the implementation of changes to DARE as a result of the evaluation and consultation process. These changes are aimed at making it easier and more affordable for applicants with a Specific Learning Difficulty or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder to provide evidence of their disability. Improvements for 2017 to the DARE Educational Impact Statement have also been made based on from the feedback provided from schools and the learning from year one. Every effort has been made to address concerns highlighted in feedback from schools, including the amount of time the form took to complete and challenges experienced by applicants and schools in using the interactive version.