The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities.
Who should apply to DARE?
DARE is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January, 2015, who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education, but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of a disability or on going illness. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, and other EU qualifications.
Making a DARE Application
If you want to be considered for the DARE scheme, you must follow the 3 steps below.
Apply to the CAO at http://www.cao.ie by 17:15 on 1st February 2015.
No later than 17:15 on 1st March 2015 you must disclose your disability in your
CAO application and fully and correctly complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (the SIF is a part of your CAO application).
You must select “Yes” to Question 1 on Section A of the SIF by 17:15 on 1 March 2015.
Please ensure that you click on the ‘Submit’ button when you have finished completing your DARE application form. If you have saved your DARE application form, don’t forget to submit it by 1 March 2015.
You must return the fully completed Second Level Academic Reference Form (Section B) and Evidence of Disability Form (Section C) to the CAO by 17:15 on 1st April 2015.
To confirm you have completed your online application correctly (Questions 1-5), please go to http://www.cao.ie, click on My Application, enter your login details and check the information you have entered. You can make changes to your DARE application
For more information see http://www.accesscollege.ie