The CAO: A guide for parents and guardians. This document has been prepared by the Central Applications Office (CAO) to assist parents and guardians supporting a student in their undergraduate application to Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The CAO is responsible for processing applications and recording acceptances for HEIs, but all decisions on admissions are made by the individual institutions and not by CAO. The information provided in this guide is tailored for parents and should not be used by students. Students must carefully read the CAO Handbook, distributed to their school in September, which contains information on all of the courses, restrictions, deadlines, fees and application guidelines. All students should also seek the advice of their school guidance counsellor before completing their CAO application.