There is very strong international evidence that living in a disadvantaged area can negatively affect educational attainment and progression to higher education.

When you apply to HEAR, your address is checked against this index and you are given a score that indicates how disadvantaged your neighbourhood is. To meet this indicator, you must live in an area that is disadvantaged, very disadvantaged or extremely disadvantaged.

HEAR uses information from a deprivation index of affluence or disadvantage. The index is based on information gathered in the 2016 Census. The country is divided up into small areas and each area is assigned an average score ranging from extremely disadvantaged up to very affluent. If you are interested in finding out more information about this indicator, please contact your local HEI. To check the classification of your address, please click here to use the Area Deprivation User Guide prepared by Pobal.

Applicants meeting Indicator 6 must meet a combination of 2 other indicators as listed below:

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