DARE Application Reminders

1 March:  

  1. You must indicate your wish to be considered for DARE by ticking ‘Yes’ to Question 1 on www.cao.ie.
  1. You must complete Section A (Questions 1-4) of the Supplementary Information Form.

1 April:
You must return the completed, signed and stamped

  1. Educational Impact Statement (Section B)
  2. Evidence of Disability (Section C) or other Evidence of Disability
    to the CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway by 17:15.

Make sure your copies are clear and can be easily read. Put your name, CAO number, and PPS number on all documents.
Obtain a certificate of posting from An Post every time you post supporting documents to CAO.

What is the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)?

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education.

DARE has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.

Who should apply to DARE?

DARE is for school leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2016, who have been educationally impacted as a result of that disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.

Mature students and students applying on the basis of Further Education and Training (FET)results have different admission routes. You can get further information on these routes from college and university websites.


Is DARE for me?

If you have one or more of the disabilities listed here and your disability has had a negative impact on your second level education, then you should apply to DARE.

To be eligible for DARE you must meet both the DARE evidence of disability criteria and DARE educational impact criteria.

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Click on the boxes below to find out more information on the DARE criteria.

Meeting DARE’s Evidence of Disability Criteria

Meeting DARE’s Educational Impact Criteria


DARE HEAR Promo Video 2015

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DARE Application Video 2016

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