Students from Socio-Economic and Disadvantaged Groups (HEAR)

Find the information you need on how students from socio-economic and disadvantaged groups can apply to study at DkIT.

We extend a warm and supportive welcome to such students and will do everything we can to help you fulfil your potential.

Dundalk Institute of Technology confirms its commitment to develop, maintain and support a comprehensive access policy predicated on a respect for the values of equality, inclusion and diversity. DkIT is a participating Institute in The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) which is an admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have completed the Irish Leaving Certificate.

Eligibility to apply for HEAR:

HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2020 who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. Mature and FET (Further Education and Training) students have their own admissions routes and should contact college admissions offices for more information. Applications to HEAR can only be made online through the CAO.

For more detailed information on Hear, please visit

How to Apply for HEAR:

HEAR Application Video by Section

1. What is HEAR?

  • What colleges participate in HEAR?

1What is HEAR.mp4 from CAO on Vimeo.

2. What are the benefits of HEAR?

2Benefits of HEAR from CAO on Vimeo.

3. HEAR Indicators

3HEAR Indicators from CAO on Vimeo.

    • This video covers the 6 HEAR indicators.


4. Making a HEAR Application

A Step-by Step Guide: HEAR Application form Sections 1-7. This video covers how to apply to HEAR and how to complete the following sections of the online HEAR application form:

    • Section 1: Address
    • Section 2: Second level school
    • Section 3: Medical Card
    • Section 4: In Care of the State
    • Section 5: Family Dependents
    • Section 6: Socio Economic Group (SEG)
    • Section 7: Family Financial Circumstances and supporting documents

4Making a HEAR Application from CAO on Vimeo.

5. Carrying Forward Eligibility

    • This video explains how to carry forward HEAR eligibility from 2020 to 2021

5Carrying Forward Eligibility from CAO on Vimeo.

6. Top Tips to Avoid Mistakes

6Top Tips from CAO on Vimeo.

Additional Information:

For additional information about The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) please see the links below:

Questions about DARE?

  • Eileen Lynch
  • Access Officer