Key calendar dates for those seeking further education in 2021

by Gazette Reporter

Are you seeking further education this year? Here are some key dates for your calendar if you’re thinking about beginning or returning to education in 2021.

For more educational information, be sure to pick up your Dublin Gazette, or check out our Education Supplement online here.

Key calendar dates:

January 20 (5.15pm): Closing date for the CAO early-bird online applications. A fee of €30 applies before this date and increases after that date to €45, until February 1. This is also the registration date for Hpat-Ireland 2020 (fee €152.80). 

February 1 (5.15pm): Closing date for normal applications to the CAO for entry to all first-year undergraduate courses. 

February 5: Online option to amend course choices becomes available for a late fee of €10 until March 1..

March 1 (5.15pm): This is the final date for CAO applicants to add any restricted application course choices, and to complete the online sections of the application process under the Hear (Higher Education Access Route) and/or Dare (Disability Access Route to Education) schemes. 

March 15 (5.15pm): All supporting documentation for Hear or Dare must be supplied to the CAO to arrive in its offices in Galway by post by that date.

May 1 (5.15 pm): Closing date for late CAO applications. The fee for an online application up to this date is €60. 

May 5: The CAO change-of-mind facility opens, which enables applicants to amend, or list for the first time, their course choices. 

July 1 (5.15pm): Final date for any amendments to course choices and order of preference on all CAO applications for entry to college in September 2021. 

July 22 (5.15pm): An exceptional closing date for registered third-level students who wish to drop out of their current college programme and re-apply for a new list of course choices through the CAO (€60 fee).

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