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CAO Handbook
Page 14 of 23


Before the end of May, you will be sent a Statement of Application Record as a final acknowledgement and to enable you to verify that all information has been recorded completely and correctly. You should check the following:

  1. Are all of your course choices shown and in the correct order?

  2. Are all of the course codes correct?

  3. Are the examination numbers correct?

  4. Are all examinations and exemptions mentioned?

  5. Are all personal details correct?

If you have not received the Statement by 1st June, you must contact CAO immediately. Failure to do so may have very serious consequences, e.g. you might not receive an offer.

The Statement of Application Record contains a date stamp to inform you of when the document was printed by CAO; changes that you made to your application after this date will be reflected in your online CAO account. Please log in to your CAO account via the My Application facility to check that all of your updated information is recorded completely and correctly before the Change of Mind closing date of 1st July at 5:15pm.


You can make changes to your course choices up to 31st January at 5:15pm for no extra charge. In early February, a Change of Course Choices facility becomes available online for a fee of €10. This facility can be used by registered applicants to add any restricted courses not already listed on an application, or by registered restricted-category applicants who need to make changes to their course choices, up to 1st March 2018 at 5:15pm.

The CAO online Change of Mind facility opens in early May and closes on 1st July at 5:15pm - restrictions apply (see page 3). You can use the online facility as many times as you like to add, remove or re-order your courses for no extra charge until the 1st July at 5:15pm.

To change course choices, log in to your CAO Account via the My Application facility and click on Change Level 8 Course Choices or Change Level 7/6 Course Choices. You can then use the New Courses list to enter new courses, disregard existing course choices, or re-order your existing course selection. You must list all of your courses in your order of preference on the new list. If you change courses online, an acknowledgement will be sent to your email address - please check this email carefully and inform CAO of any errors or omissions. You should also check that your courses have been updated by using the My Application facility before 5:15pm on 1st July.

Please Note: You cannot introduce restricted courses using the Change of Mind facility. Exception: In the case of a restricted course which shares the exact same assessment procedures with a course you had applied for by 1st February 2018 at 5:15pm, you may be permitted to introduce it on a Change of Mind. You should consult with the relevant HEI before introducing such a course.

If you submit a Change of Mind, it cancels and supersedes all previous course choices in any category in which changes are made.


The exceptional 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 on page 15). In order to avail of the Exceptional Late Application facility you must have entered the HEI through the CAO system.