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CAO Handbook
Page 8 of 23

Supporting documents for mature applicants

As well as completing the online CAO application, including sections 1 – 11 of the Mature Applicant Form, applicants must post the following supporting documentation to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland:

  1. Evidence of any qualifications that you have indicated in your online application.

  2. Supplementary information that you were unable to include in the space provided.

  3. Any documentation required by each of the institutions to which you are applying – details of same are available from

  4. If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of competency in the English language.

  5. Please include your CAO application number on all supporting documents being sent to CAO.

The above mentioned documents must arrive in CAO within 10 days of registering online with CAO – see page 12 for more information on supporting documents. The back cover of this handbook contains information on posting supporting documents to CAO

Important information for mature applicants

Mature applicants to nursing/midwifery and/or mature entry to primary teaching are not required to complete Mature Applicant sections 1-11 unless they are also applying to other courses and wish to be considered on the grounds of mature years for those courses. For more information go to page 13.

If you are applying for mature entry to Trinity College Dublin (TCD) for courses other than nursing and midwifery, you must apply to CAO by 1 February at 5:15pm and you must also submit to TCD, by 1 February, a separate form which is available from the Admissions Office of TCD.

If you are applying for mature entry to primary teaching in Dublin City University, Marino Institute of Education, Mary Immaculate College Limerick or Maynooth University, you must apply to CAO by 1 February at 5:15pm. In March, those meeting the eligibility criteria will be sent an email (to the email account registered to their CAO account) with instructions for completing and submitting a supplementary form.

If you are applying for entry to primary teaching on the basis of mature years you must apply for these courses through CAO by 1 February 2021 at 5:15 pm.

Mature applicants who wish to be considered on the basis of mature years must make a direct application to the following HEIs (please contact the institutions directly for more information and closing dates):

Table 1.2 HEIs requiring direct application from mature applicants

Direct Applications for Mature Applicants

American College Dublin

CCT Dublin

Dorset College, Dublin

Dublin Business School

Griffith College

IBAT College Dublin

ICD Business School, Dublin

Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science

National College of Ireland

However, mature applicants who wish to be considered on the basis of school leaving qualifications for the HEIs listed in Table 1.2 should apply to CAO – you may apply both directly to the HEI and to CAO. The HEIs not mentioned in Table 1.2 require mature applicants to apply through CAO.


Step 3: Indicate if you wish to be considered for Maintenance Fee/Grant (SUSI)

If you have applied to SUSI for a grant, or if you intend to do so, you may indicate this on your CAO online application. CAO will then provide your identification, contact and offer/acceptance details to the grant authority (SUSI). Ticking this section of the CAO form does not mean that you have applied to SUSI so please make sure to visit or to complete the necessary steps. Other than providing these details to the grant authority, CAO plays no role in processing grant applications.