Advice & information sessions for Leaving Cert Students applying to college through DARE & HEAR schemes
In advance of the February 1st CAO application deadline 3rd level Colleges participating in the DARE and HEAR schemes will run application advice clinics around the country on Saturday January 12th 2013.
The 8 information sessions nationwide are open to leaving cert students, their parents or guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors. Students who are considering making an application to either scheme can drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm on January 12th for one-to-one guidance and support on applying to the HEAR and DARE Schemes.
Advisers will offer guidance on how to make a completed application to either or both schemes. The aim of the advice clinics is to reduce the number of incomplete applications received by directly explaining to applicants and their families the supporting documentation required and answering any queries they may have.
Students and parents can get more information on the schemes on www.accesscollege.ie including step by step application advice videos and contact details for DARE and HEAR advisers at all participating colleges.
The clinics will be held on Saturday January 12th, from 10am to 2pm at the following locations:
Cork: University College Cork, DeVere Hall, Student Centre
Galway: NUI Galway, Bailey Allen Hall
Limerick: University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School
Monaghan: Castleblaney, Glencarn Hotel
Dublin: DIT, Aungier St
Donegal: Ballybofey, Villa Rose Hotel
Kildare: NUI Maynooth, Phoenix Building
Westmeath: Athlone Institute of Technology, Main Campus, Dublin Road, Athlone
Other dates & locations for DARE & HEAR Advice Clinics include:
Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Barrack St
Carlton Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee
The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a college and university admission scheme which offers places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities under 23 years old.
The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university admission scheme which offers places on reduced points to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Both schemes are part of a range of initiatives carried out by our universities and colleges to encourage a greater number of applications to 3rd level from groups of students who find it difficult to progress to college due to personal, cultural or financial challenges.
In total 6,365 students have entered college through the HEAR and DARE schemes since they were rolled out nationally in 2010 (4111 HEAR, 2254 DARE). This represents a rise in HEAR admissions of 71% since 2010 and a rise in DARE admissions of 190% in the same period.