2021 CAO Application (September/October 2021 entry)
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** New 2021 Applicants Only **
Mature Applicants (those 23 years of age on or before the 1st of January 2021) and applicants applying for Restricted Courses MUST contact the HEI(s) BEFORE making a late application.
In any one year, you may NOT present more than one application. If you think you may have already submitted an online application or you have already received a 2021 CAO application number, please proceed instead to the "My Application" facility.
There will be no refunds given to applicants who make more than one application.
- The fee for a late online application is €60.
For further information on fees and closing dates, please view the fees table.
Applicants making an on-line application may pay the application fee using a Credit or Debit Card (Visa or MasterCard).
Alternatively, applicants may pay the application fee in advance at a bank
within the Republic of Ireland using an Application Fee Payment Form.
If you have not received an Application Fee Payment Form, it may be obtained by contacting CAO.
The closing date for late applications is 1st May, 2021 (17:15).
The closing date for normal applications was 1st February, 2021 (17:15).
Applicants must not make more than one application (either on-line or paper).
An extra €10 penalty charge will be levied if an applicant
submits more than one application (either on-line or paper).
Mature applicants (those 23 years of age on or before the 1st of January 2021) and applicants who have qualifications other than the 1985-2021 Irish Leaving Cert and/or 2002-2021 QQI FET/FETAC Level 5/6 must complete the relevant sections of the application form and post supporting documents to the CAO without delay. Please read
here (or page 12 of the 2021 CAO Handbook) for further instructions.
N.B. All documents must be clearly marked with your name and CAO Application Number.
- Residence outside the EU (Past or Present): If you have at any time resided, or are at present resident, outside the EU, then you may be required to apply direct to some HEIs. It is important that such applicants read the appropriate section on page 21 of the 2021 CAO Handbook.