Eligibility Indicators

HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators (criteria) to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support. Here is a list of all the HEAR indicators.

Click on each indicator below for more detailed information:

Financial Indicators

Social and Cultural Indicators:

  • 4. Socio-Economic Group
  • You belong to a group that is under-represented in higher education based on the occupation and employment status of your parent(s) or guardian(s). The underrepresented groups are the non-manual workers group and the semi & unskilled manual workers groups.
  • 5. School
  • You completed five years in a secondary school that takes part in the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) scheme run by the Department of Education & Skills.
  • 6. Area
  • You live in an area where there is concentrated disadvantage – in other words an area where, for example, there is high unemployment and poverty and where only a small proportion of adults have attained third level education.

To be eligible for the HEAR Scheme you must meet the Low Income indicator (no. 1) plus a combination of two other indicators.

Combinations that allow you to take part in the HEAR Scheme are:

INDICATOR 1 plus 2 plus 4 or 5 or 6
INDICATOR 1 plus 3 plus 4 or 5 or 6
INDICATOR 1 plus 4 plus 5 or 6
INDICATOR 1 plus 5 plus 6