Note: Click on the SAVE buttons as you move through the application form. This will afford you more time to answer all the questions. At the end of the application form, click submit.

Section 1. Address

Enter your current home address.
Please note that you may be contacted and requested to provide evidence of your address. For information on filling in your address or to see what evidence of address may be requestedClick here for helpOpens in a new window

Section 2. Second Level School

Use the drop down menus to select which county you went to second level school in and what second level school you attended. If your school is not listed select: My School is Not Listed.Click here for helpOpens in a new window

If you went to more than one second level school, use the drop down menus below to enter details of your previous schools. If your previous school is outside the Republic of Ireland select: School Outside Republic of Ireland

Section 3. Medical Card/GP Visit Card

Do you or your parent(s) or guardian(s) have a HSE medical card/GP visit card that is in date on 31 December 2022? Click here for helpOpens in a new window

(Click to save your details and continue on to complete the form.)

Section 4. Children in the Care of the State/TUSLA

Are you currently in the Care of the State/TUSLA (the Child and Family Agency) or were you previously in Care of the State/HSE? Click here for helpOpens in a new window

Section 5. Family Dependants

Enter each dependant's name, date of birth and the name of school or college they are attending (if any). Click here for helpOpens in a new window

A dependant includes:
  • a sibling under the age of 16 years on 1 October 2022
  • a sibling over the age of 16 years who is on 1 October 2022 either:
    • attending post primary education
    • attending a full time course in FET or higher education
    • medically certified as permanently unfit for work
  • a parent attending a full time course in FET or higher education
Enter the number of dependants in your family:
Do not include (count) yourself in this section.

(Click to save your details and continue on to complete the form.)

Section 6. Parent(s) or Guardian(s) Employment Status

This is an important section of your HEAR application. Seek assistance from your parent(s)/guardian(s). Be as precise as possible when describing your parent(s)/guardian(s) status and job titles.
To ensure you answer this section correctly please look at the instructions in the HEAR Handbook.
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Mother/Guardian 1

1. Present Principal Status:

Father/Guardian 2

1. Present Principal Status:

(Click to save your details and continue on to complete the form.)

Section 7. Family Financial Circumstances

Please note this section relates to the year 2021 only Click here for helpOpens in a new window

  • HEAR requires evidence of a full year's income for 2021 (i.e. 52 weeks).
  • Some applicants depending on their parent(s)'/guardian(s)' circumstances in 2021 may need to submit Revenue documents and/or evidence of other income as well as evidence of Department of Social Protection (DSP) income.
  • Your guardian may not necessarily be your legal guardian, but refers to who you lived with and contributed to the household income in 2021.
  • If you have indicated income from both parents you must submit documents detailing both their incomes.
  • Where an applicant's supporting documents shows a household income of less than €10,000 for 2021: In setting it's criteria, HEAR takes advice from experts in budgetary and personal finance from state bodies and other organisations. These experts advised HEAR that where an applicant evidences a total income of less than €10,000, it is highly unlikely that the applicant has provided a full picture of their household income for the full year 2021 (i.e. 52 weeks).

    In such cases, applicants should provide clarifying third party documentary information as to why supporting documents shows income of less than €10,000. Where an applicant has not done so, an applicant may not be eligible for the HEAR. (This is not required by those living in Direct Provision Centres.)
  • Northern Ireland/UK Income: Parents/guardians in receipt of income from employment from Northern Ireland/UK can submit a Statement of Earnings and Tax (issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC)) covering the period April 2020 - March 2021 or April 2021 - March 2022. Parents/guardians in receipt of self-employment income can submit a Notice of Assessment or Self-Assessment document issued by HMRC(April 2020 - March 2021 or April 2021 - March 2022) showing total income.

Select who contributes to your family's income.


Section 8. Eligibility Carry Forward

Please do not complete this section if you did not apply or were not eligible to the HEAR scheme last year (2022).

If you applied to CAO in 2022 and you were deemed eligible for HEAR in 2022 then your HEAR eligibility can be carried forward to your application for entry in 2023. You must enter your correct 2022 CAO application number in the box provided. Click here for helpOpens in a new window

CAO 2022 Application Number:
By carrying forward your HEAR 2022 eligibility, you are agreeing to share your HEAR 2022 application information with the HEAR participating colleges that you may apply to, for entry 2023.

Supporting Document Checklist

Copies of the documents below should be posted to CAO before 17:00 on 15 March 2023.
HEAR Applications 2023,
Tower House,
Eglinton Street,

Type of IncomeForDocuments Required

- Keep Original Documents
- Get a Certificate of Posting as proof


Central Applications Office