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Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) - Demo

What is HEAR?
The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR has been set up by a number of higher education institutions in Ireland. See www.accesscollege.ie for a list of participating higher education institutions.

Who can apply?
HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2023 who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.

Mature and FET students have their own admissions routes and should contact the admissions offices of individual HEIs for more information.

Should I apply?
You must have a low family income to be considered for HEAR. For the purpose of HEAR low family income is determined by:
  • How many children there are in your family
  • How many people in your family are in full time education
  • How much your parents or guardians earned in income during the year ending 31 December 2021.
Use the table to estimate if your family's income is less than the HEAR Income Limit:

Number of dependant children in your family  Help? HEAR Income Limit
Fewer than 4 €46,790
4-7 €51,325
More Than 8 €55,630
Add €4,785 to the total income for every sibling/parent enrolled in a full time college, university or post leaving certificate further education course.

Is your total family income less than the HEAR Limit?