Important dates for your CAO

Make sure you know all of the key dates if you're applying to the CAO.
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Applying for a college course through the CAO is one of the many options you have when you are preparing to leave school. We’ve put together a few key dates if you are thinking of using the CAO to choose a college course for September.

Application deadlines

If you are making a CAO application this year, there are some important dates to be aware of.

20th January 2022 (5pm)

Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30.

1st February 2022 (5pm)

Normal closing date for applications.

5th February 2022 (12pm)

Online facility to amend course choices becomes available (€10 Fee).

Before 15th February 2022

Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. If you do not receive this statement you should contact the CAO.

18th-21st February 2022

HPAT – Undergraduate Entry to Medicine.

1st March 2022 (5pm)

Closing date for amending course choices.
Closing date for completion of the mature section of the application form.
Closing date for the final completion of online HEAR/DARE forms.

4th March 2022 (12pm)

Late application facility opens.

5th-9th March 2022

MSAP Test – For mature applicants to certain courses in UCD, UCC, UL and NUI Galway.

15th March 2022 (5pm)

Latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO.

18th-23rd March 2022

GAMSAT Test – Graduate Entry to Medicine.

11th-26th April 2022

Mature Nursing Test (PAS) Registration Window

1st May 2022 (5pm) 

Closing date for late applications. 

5th-12th May 2022

Mature Nursing Test (PAS) Test Window

Change of mind and statements of application

If you reconsider your options after filling out the CAO, it is possible to change your application.

5th May 2022 (12pm) 

Online Change of Mind facility becomes available free of charge. 

Before 15th May 2022

Late Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. You should contact the CAO if you do not receive yours. 

Before end of May 2022

Statement of Application Record will be sent to all applicants. You should contact the CAO if you do not receive yours.

1st July 2022 (5pm)

Change of Mind closes.

Non-Standard Category Applicants and HEI

If you are a Non-Standard applicant, there are some important CAO dates to keep in mind.

TBC

Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and text message. Reply by 13th July, 2021 by 3:00pm.

22nd July 2022 (5pm) 

Exceptional closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI.

TBC

Round 0 offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and text message. Reply by 10th August, 2021 by 3:00pm.

Leaving Cert results and offers

You will receive your Leaving Cert results at the beginning of September.

TBC

Leaving Cert results are released.

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Round 1 offers available from 14:00 online – also issued by e-mail and text. 

Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a ‘Statement of Application’ e-mail.

TBC

Available Places facility opens

TBC

Round 1 Acceptances closing date 

TBC

Round 2 offers available from 10:00 online

TBC

Round 2 Acceptances closing date 

TBC

Round 3 offers available from 10:00 online.

TBC

Round 3 Acceptances closing date 

TBC

Round 4 offers available from 10:00 online.

TBC

Round 4 Acceptances closing date

TBC

Round 5 offers available from 10:00 online.

TBC

Round 5 Acceptances closing date

TBC

HEIs begin registration

TBC

Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released

TBC

Offer Season Ends.

Please note that these dates may be amended.

For further help and advice about your CAO application form.

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