Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Admissions

Photo of Donnchadh Ó LaoghaireDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein)
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294. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will seek to expand places on the HEAR and DARE schemes in view of the impact of recent events to ensure that the impact on students that suffer from disadvantage is minimised. [6411/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The HEAR and DARE schemes are operated by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and regulated by the higher education institutions themselves. As such, the Department of Education and Skills has no role in the policy criteria of the scheme.

Admissions under the HEAR and DARE scheme are regulated by the higher education institutions themselves. Each institution determines its own admissions policy in relation to the schemes, the number of places they reserve and the allocation of those places.

Applications to both schemes are submitted to the Central Applications Office (CAO) who coordinate the scheme for participating institutions.  All enquiries should be directed to the CAO, www.cao.ie

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