Video: HEAR Application Advice Video 2016
What is HEAR?
HEAR is not a grant scheme - it is an admissions route into college for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third level education.
Colleges participating in the scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students.
The HEAR scheme is aimed at eligible students that have ability, motivation and the potential to succeed at 3rd level. The purpose of the scheme is to broaden college access for students from under-represented sectors of society.
What are the Key Benefits?
- Entry into a broad range of courses on reduced CAO points
- A wide range of post-entry supports for eligible students
In Brief ... HEAR applicants are assessed under 6 headings or indicators:
1. Income: Is your household income on or below the HEAR income threshold in the year prior to application?
2. Medical/GP Visit Card: Does your family have a Medical card or a GP Visit card?
3. Social welfare: Has your family received a means-tested social welfare payment from the DSP in the year before your application?
4. Socio-economic Group: Do you belong to a group that is under-represented in Higher Education?
5. DEIS: Does your child attend a DEIS school?
6. Area: Do you live in an area with high unemployment, poverty and limited community facilities?
To be eligible under the HEAR scheme, you must meet Indicator 1 above plus 2 other indicators. Applicants must also meet the minimum entry requirements to the colleges of their choice.
How does the application process work?
- Leaving Cert Students must apply online to the CAO by 1st February
- Applicants must indicate their intention to apply as a HEAR applicant on the CAO form, before 1st March deadline and complete all parts of the HEAR form
- Relevant evidence and supporting documents must arrive in the CAO office no later than 1st April
- Applicants will be told whether or not they iare eligible for the HEAR scheme in Mid June
- If successful in gaining a college place on the HEAR scheme, applicants will be informed when the CAO offers come out in August.
Current information on the HEAR application process, details of the Eligibility Criteria and income levels can be found in the 2016 HEAR Information Leaflet here.
1. Start gathering important documentation as early as possible
2. HEAR applications need to be completed carefully. It is a good idea for Applicants and Parents to work through the process together where possible.
3. HEAR run application clinics and information sessions for both parents and students – so keep an eye out for these.
4. College Access offices are also very helpful.
5. Keep a close eye on dates and deadlines and how the application is progressing.
6. Eligible students can apply for both HEAR and DARE. Applicants who are eligible for both schemes will be prioritised.