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CAO Handbook
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You may submit a late application only for entry to courses other than your existing course. If you wish to repeat the year in the same course you must arrange this within your HEI.

Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick have special procedures in place in the case of current or previous students who wish to apply for entry to another course in the same HEI. Such applicants must contact their Admissions Office to determine the application procedure. However, if you are a student in another HEI and you wish to apply to any of these three HEIs, you should apply through CAO.

To make an Exceptional Late Application you must:

  • Go to the Admissions Office of your current institution and inform them that you wish to apply to CAO.

  • Ask the HEI to supply you with a CAO fee payment form which, once completed, must be stamped on part one by the Admissions Office of the institution to confirm that you are currently a student of the institution.

  • Submit your CAO application online before the 22nd of July at 5:15pm. Choose the "Fee Payment Form" method of payment on the application form. Do not enter course choices at this time.

  • Take note of your CAO application number and, using the CAO fee payment form provided by your institution (as above), make a payment of €50 at a bank.

  • Write your CAO application number on the CAO fee payment form.

  • Complete the paper Course Choices/Change of Mind Form including your list of course choices in genuine order of preference.

  • Post part one of the fee payment form, together with the completed Course Choices/Change of Mind form, to CAO and include your CAO application number on the front of the documents. Please ensure that the forms are received by CAO by 22nd of July at 5:15pm.

  • CAO will post a Statement of Application Record to you after the 22nd July closing date, once your application has been recorded. If you have not received this statement by 1st August, please contact CAO immediately.

Change of Mind (Exception to Timetable):

The exceptional Change of Mind closing date of 22nd of July at 5:15pm applies only to applicants who are currently undergraduate students in any year in any one of the participating HEIs (subject to the exclusions listed above) and who previously made an application through CAO for 2017 entry. In order to avail of the Exceptional Change of Mind facility you must have entered the HEI through the CAO system.

Applicants must complete a paper Change of Mind form (contact CAO to request a form) and, once completed, this form needs to be brought to the Admissions Office of your current institution to be stamped. The form must then be returned to CAO by the 22nd of July at 5:15pm. There is no fee for this service.CAO cannot accept any responsibility for loss or hardship arising from your failure to avail of correction opportunities within the time specified.


You may change some of your personal information (e.g. postal address, telephone number and email address) either online using the ‘My Application’ facility or on paper. To change your name, date of birth or to add examination information to your application, you must write to CAO.

If you change personal information online, an acknowledgement will be sent to your email address. Please check that your change has been updated by using the ‘My Application’ facility.

Personal or examination changes submitted in paper form will be acknowledged in the form of a Statement of Application Record. If you have not received your amended Statement of Application Record by 7th of July, or within seven days of posting the amendment to CAO after 7th of July, you must contact CAO immediately.