We understand that applying to DARE can seem like a daunting process. We have tried to include all the information you need in the DARE Handbook and in this website. That said, we know that you may have more questions and we want to do our best to answer those quickly and simply. You can check the Frequently Asked Questions below to see if you find what you are looking for there. If you don’t find what you are looking for in the FAQs, you can call the CAO or a DARE advisor.
It is best to call the CAO if you have questions about making your CAO application or about the Supplementary Information Form.
If you have questions about the documents you need for DARE or about anything else to do with DARE, a DARE advisor would be more than happy to take your call. There is a DARE advisor in every participating college. You do not have to call the college closest to you, nor do you have to call the college you are applying to. All the colleges will be able to give you the same information.
One thing to remember is that the DARE advisors can only discuss your application with you, your parents/ guardians or another individual nominated by you (this is so we maintain your confidentiality).
For those of you not making an application at this time, the DARE advisors will be happy to answer any questions you may have too, or the information you are looking for may be in the FAQs section below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)?
What does “reduced points” mean?
Which colleges take part in DARE?
How many places are there for DARE students each year?
What disabilities are eligible for consideration for DARE?
Who screens DARE applications?
What criteria are used to assess applications for DARE?
How do I know what supporting documents to provide?
I am no longer attending school. What can I do?
I have attended two different schools for the duration of my post primary education. Should I submit two Educational Impact Statements?
Who are the appropriate professionals and how old can reports be?
I have a full psychological assessment report completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist but some of the information that is needed for DARE is not in the report.
What are the application and closing dates for DARE?
What happens if my application is late?
What happens after DARE applications are assessed?
I’ve been told I’m ineligible but I think there was some mistake in the assessment of my application – what can I do?
What happens if I am offered a place in college through DARE?
I have a disability but am not eligible for DARE. Will I get any support in college?
I have a disability but I think I may also be eligible for HEAR – can I apply to both schemes?
I am a mature student. Can I apply to DARE?
I have been told that I am eligible to be included in the DARE scheme. Does this mean that I now have an exemption from doing Irish/another language in my Leaving Certificate?
What is fitness to practice?
I’m being home-schooled, do I need to submit an Educational Impact Statement?