What happens after I submit my application?

Some information is provided here about what happens after you submit your application to DARE.

How is my application assessed?

To be eligible for DARE, your disability must have had a negative impact on your second level education.

Your application will be assessed for two things:

  • That you have provided the appropriate Evidence of Disability documentation and that it meets the DARE criteria.
  • That you have provided the Educational Impact Statement and that it meets the DARE criteria, i.e. that you meet the correct combination of educational impact indicators.

The criteria used for assessing the Evidence of Disability documentation were developed by DARE’s Disability Advisory Boards, which include college professionals, consultants and specialists in each field of disability, representatives from professional and regulatory bodies and representatives from expert organisations.

The criteria used for assessing the educational impact of disability were developed by the DARE Educational Impact Advisory Board, which includes college professionals, an educational psychologist, occupational therapists, guidance counsellors, learning support teachers and a deputy principal.

What happens after my application is assessed?

You will be notified by email of the outcome of your DARE application by the end of June. If you do not receive any correspondence by July 1, contact a member of the DARE team.

What does it mean if I am eligible for DARE?

  • You can compete for one of the reduced points places on offer in the colleges and universities taking part in DARE.
  • All DARE course offers are made by the CAO.
  • You must meet the minimum entry and course requirements to be considered for one of the reduced points places.
  • Details of places available and minimum course entry requirements can be found on each participating college’s page on this site.

What does it mean if I am ineligible for DARE?

  • For detailed information on the outcome of your DARE application,  log into the ‘My Application’ section of www.cao.ie.  Click on the ‘DARE Application Outcome’ button to view the reason(s) why your application was ineligible. Applicants are ineligible because they did not meet criteria or they failed to meet the terms and conditions of application.
  • Being ineligible for DARE means that you cannot compete for one of the reduced points places.
  • You can still get into college if you meet the entry requirements for the course of your choice. You may get an offer for the course of your choice even if you are ineligible for DARE but you meet the minimum points requirement.
  • You can still avail of a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level. Supports for students with disabilities are offered by colleges, regardless of whether a student enters through the DARE process or not.

DARE has a process for reviewing ineligible outcomes to make sure that all DARE applicants are treated fairly and the assessment procedures have been applied consistently. Further information about this review and appeal process, including deadlines for making a review and appeal application, can be found here.