Mature Applicants FAQs
Mature Applicant Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many places are there for mature students?
A: Up to 20% of places on each course are reserved for mature applicants who do not have the minimum entry requirements.
Q: When will I know if I have a place?
A: Most offers to Mature applicants will be made in Round A, July 5th.
Any remaining offers will be made:
Round 0, August 2nd
Round 1, August 21st
Round 2, August 30th
Q: Can I get an offer from both my Level 8 list and my Level 7/6 list?
A: Yes, but you can accept only one offer.
Q: I have a FETAC Level 5 certificate – will that be taken into account?
A: If the FETAC award is acceptable for entry to the particular course(s) you have applied for, and you have attained the minimum entry requirements, you will be allocated points by the CAO, based on your results. You will then be in a points competition with other applicants for a place. This will not cancel out your application as a mature applicant, which is a separate process.
Q: I have a Leaving Cert or equivalent qualification – will that be taken into account?
A: If you attained the minimum entry requirements for the course(s) you have applied for, you will be allocated points by the CAO, based on your results. You will then be in the points competition with other applicants for a place. This will not cancel out your application as a mature applicant, which is a separate process.
Q: English is my second language – do I need a certificate to show competence?
A: Yes – see the “Competence in English” page of our website.
Q: Will the order of preference of my course choices on my CAO application have any impact on my chance of getting a place?
A: No. Order of preference is not taken into account when assessing mature applications.
Q: Can I add/delete courses or change the order of preference on my CAO application using the “Change of Mind” facility?
A: Yes, but we cannot guarantee that changes will be taken into account when allocating the quota of places. The closing date is 1st July.
Q: What is the Student Contribution?
A: The Student Contribution is €3,000 in 2016. All students must pay the Student Contribution, unless approved for a Grant. If approved for a Grant, SUSI (the Grant awarding body) pays the Student Contribution to the Institute.
Q: How do I apply for a grant?
A: Apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). See www.studentfinance.ie for more information.
Q: What are the tuition fees?
A: Most students qualify for “Free Fees”, meaning there are no tuition fees. Some students are liable for tuition fees – the level of fee depends on your legal status in Ireland, whether or not you have engaged in higher education in Ireland previously, and other factors. See www.studentfinance.ie for more information. Every student is assessed for tuition fees at Registration.
Q: I am getting a payment from the Department of Social Protection. Will I be allowed to keep this payment?
A: You will need to apply to the Dept. of Social Protection for the Back to Education Allowance. See www.studentfinance.ie for more information.
Q: Is there a Crèche and what are the fees?
A: Yes there is a “Fledglings” Crèche on campus. The weekly rate is 190 euros and there are subsidies available. Contact the Students Union for more information, or see the Student Life section of our website.