Step by step guide to begin with the DARE application process.
Firstly, applicants must apply to the CAO (click here) as per all students by the 1st of Feb at 5 pm and select the box that asks if they have a disability. Once that’s done, they can log back in and complete the supplementary information form (SIF) which is used for DARE.
Importantly applicants must also make sure they select Yes to the question ‘Do you wish to be considered for DARE?’ on section A of the SIF form.
Applicants must adhere to the dates/timeline outlined on the access college website (click here) as late or incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
In relation to the educational impact school report – print out the template which is available on the DARE and the CAO website – bring this to the school for completion, then collect it.
Do not leave it to the school to post it to the CAO.
Post the impact statement completed by the school and good quality photocopies of any reports i.e. ADHD / ASD reports to the CAO – do not send the original reports. Make sure to include the applicant’s CAO number and name on everything and send all the required paperwork together by registered post to CAO.
And just to reiterate, late or incomplete applications will not be processed so keep a note of the dates:
- Be under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2022.
- Apply to the CAO by 17:00 on 1 February 2022 – you cannot make a late CAO application if you want to apply for the DARE scheme, but you can use the ‘change of mind facility’ for course choice.
- No later than 17:00 on 1 March 2022, disclose disability and/ or specific learning difficulty in CAO application and complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (SIF).
- To apply to DARE, you must answer YES to Question 1 (‘Do you wish to be considered for DARE?’) on Section A of the fully completed SIF by 17:00 on 1 March 2022.
- Download Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and have the school complete the form, then send it to the CAO to arrive by 17:00 on 15 March 2022.
Go to https://accesscollege.ie/dare/ for step by step information about making a DARE application.