The Central Applications Office is responsible for processing applications and recording acceptances to Higher Education Institutions.  Please click on the link below for application deadlines and  information on courses.

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I would like to invite you to an information talk for parents/guardians and students on the ‘ CAO Process’ on Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 6:30pm at Drogheda Grammar School.   You may already be familiar with the CAO process and indeed it can be downloaded on the CAO website. 

The CAO System – Summary

  • The institutions in the CAO (handbook)
  • Entry requirements
  • The points system and new grading system
  • Order of preference of courses
  • The application fee
  • Important dates to remember
  • The change of mind process
  • The offers stage
  • Deferring an offer
  • CAO Parent’s Guide – online

CAO Requirements

A student may have to fulfil 3 types of requirements to be eligible for a college course

  1. The College matriculation requirements
  2. The specific course requirement
  3. The points requirement – calculated from a total of the best six Leaving Certificate results

(See for all the above)

Important Dates – 2020

20th January 2020 – 5.15 pm Deadline for online discounted rate of €25.  After this date €40
1st February 2020- 5.15 pm

Normal Application Closing date

Restricted Application must be included by this date.  Each applicant is allotted a CAO number on application

1st May 2020 – 5.15 pm Late Application Closing date
5th May 2020

Online change of mind facility becomes available

Applicants may alter their applications as many times as they wish

By end of May All applicants will receive a Statement of Application Record
1st July 2020- 5.15 pm Closing date for Change of mind