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CAO Change of Mind Facility Opens 4th May

Changing Course Preferences if Free

The online CAO change of mind facility will open on Friday 4th May 2018. Leaving Cert students can avail of the facility until 1st July. First round CAO offers come out on 20 August.

Change of Mind - 4th May (12:00 noon) to 1st July (17:15)

Early in May each year, CAO applicants have the opportunity to register a change of course choices online, free of charge.

If you make a change online, and have supplied an e-mail address, an acknowledgement will also be sent to that e-mail address.

There is no fee for using the Change of Mind facility.

Making Changes

Subject to certain exceptions and restrictions, you may change course choices (without fee) as often as you wish, up to 17:15 on the 1st July. If you submit a Change of Mind, it cancels and supersedes all previous course choices in any category in which changes are made.

Course choices in the two categories ( Level 8 and Level 7/6 ) are considered to be completely separate from each other for this purpose. e.g. a change of Level 8 course choices will not affect Level 7/6 choices. If you do not wish to change the courses in one category, do not submit a change. Your original courses in that category will remain unchanged.

Do not mix courses from different categories (Level 8 and Level 7/6) and make sure to list all of your course choices for the particular category which you change.

Click here to Use this invaluable CourseFinder to research CAO & Direct Entry Higher Education courses. Use the filters to narrow down your preferences, or identify restricted entry courses.

Restricted Courses

Except for Restricted Application Courses/Restricted Categories of applicant, you may now enter courses which did not appear on your original application.

Watch the CAO Change of Mind video for a step-by-step guide to the process.

You may NOT enter any restricted courses on a Change of Mind.

Exception: you may be permitted to introduce a restricted course where that course shares the exact same assessment procedures with a course you had applied for by 1st February at 17:15 - Always consult with the relevant HEI before introducing such a course.

Restricted-category applicants

Individual HEIs may impose certain restrictions on Change of Mind by certain categories of applicant i.e. mature applicants, transfer applicants and those presenting entry qualifications other than recent EU school-leaving examinations - always check with individual Admissions Offices before introducing new course choices after 1st February.

Statement of Course Choices

If you make a change of mind, you will receive a revised Statement of Course Choices, confirming your new course choices. The revised statement will NOT be issued before the 1st June. If it does not arrive by 7th July, you MUST contact CAO immediately, and provide proof of the submission of the Change of Mind.

It is important that your course choices be absolutely correct. Therefore, if you are going to be absent at the time when the revised statement is due, you must arrange for someone to check that it arrives and, when it arrives, that the contents are correct and accurately reflect your wishes.

  • Do not wait until August to notify CAO of errors or omissions as it will be too late to do anything about them at that stage.
  • If you applied to CAO using a paper application form, and you have not yet logged in to your CAO account online, you can do so by going to `My Application`, click on the forgotten password link and follow the steps to obtain a password. You can then log in with your CAO application number, your date of birth and your new password to use the online Change of Mind facility.
  • Paper Change of Mind forms are available by request.
  • Change of Mind Forms may not be submitted by fax.

For more information on this facility watch this short video resource: CAO Change of Mind Video Guide

The CareersPortal Team


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