Application Timeline

From November 2016
Review the HEAR Handbook with your parent(s) / guardian(s) particularly sections 6 & 7.
Make a CAO application at
Fill in the online HEAR Application at
Gather your supporting documents.
Remember, they can take several weeks to issue.
By 1 February 2017
Apply to CAO by 17:15.
You will receive a reminder email from CAO if you have indicated HEAR in your CAO online application to complete the online HEAR application form by 1 March 2017.
By 1 March 2017
Complete all elements of the HEAR Application Form by 17:15.
Gather all supporting documents relevant to your application.
CAO will acknowledge receipt of your online HEAR application by email and remind you that your application is not complete until you submit your supporting documents.
By 1 April 2017
Submit copies of supporting documents to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway by 17:15.
Make sure your copies are clear and can be easily read. Put your name and CAO number on all documents.
Faxed/emailed documents are not accepted. Keep the original of all documents and obtain a certificate of posting from An Post every time you post supporting documents to CAO.
For confirmation that the documents you posted arrived safely in CAO, enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with details of the documents you have submitted.
Late April
CAO will send a reminder to all applicants who have not provided supporting documents to CAO by 1 April to provide evidence of proof of postage and copies of supporting documents.
CAO will send letters to some applicants to verify postal address.CAO send a letter to applicants who indicated DEIS school attendance on their HEAR application form to verify attendance at a DEIS school.
April – June 2017
HEAR Application Assessment.
In Late June 2017
Applicants notified of outcome of HEAR Application.
End June
Early July 2017
HEAR Application Recheck.
August 2017
Leaving Certificate exam results.
CAO offers.
Successful HEAR Applicants notified by letter.
Accept CAO offer.
Accept HEAR offer of extra college supports.
Late August /Early September
Attend mandatory HEAR orientation programme.