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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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The Leaving Certificate is stressful enough not to mention all the things you have to remember. We've put together a few key dates that you can't forget if you are thinking of using the CAO to choose a college course for September.

Application deadlines

5th November (12:00)

CAO online application opens

CAO change of course choices opens

20th January  (5:15pm)

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

1st February  (5:15pm)

Normal closing date for applications.

5th February (12pm)

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

Before 15th February

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

1st March (5:15pm)

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.

5th March (12pm)

Late application facility opens.

15th March (5.15pm)

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

1st May  (5:15pm) 

Closing date for late applications. 

Change of mind and statements of application

5th May (12pm) 

Online Change of Mind facility becomes available free of charge. 

Before 15th May 

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

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

1st July (5:15pm)

Change of Mind closes.

Non-Standard Category Applicants and HEI


Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and text message. 

22nd July (5:15pm) 

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

Early August

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 13th August, 2020 by 3:00pm.

Leaving Cert results and offers


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.


Available Places facility opens


Round 1 Acceptances closing date 

Please note that these dates may be amended.

For further help and advice about your CAO application form click here

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service is for 16 to 25 year olds and is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

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Published Jan­u­ary 7th2016
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