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Change of Mind

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Make your CAO course choice changes before 1st July

CAO Change of Mind

The CAO Change of Mind process is free and allows you to literally change your mind as often as you like about what CAO courses to apply for. 

You can make changes to your CAO application at various points throughout the year (The paper application option is closed at this stage) but the online change of mind facility is open from 5th May - 1st July. 

It is free to submit a Change of Mind form. 

You can make as many changes to the change of mind as you want, between 12.00 5th May and 17.15 1st July.

Change of Mind form works the same way as the regular CAO form. The key thing is to list your courses in order of genuine preference - always put the ones you most want to get as your top choices. Do not base the list on how many points you expect to get. 

Once submitted, the Change of Mind form cancels out your previous application. 

Restricted Courses 

Restricted courses cannot be added for the first time to a Change of Mind application. 

Mature applicants

You cannot enter any mature applicant course codes e.g. nursing. 

Note: mature students, students from outside the EU and transfer applicants may not be able to use the Change of Mind form - you should contact the admissions office of the college/course in question if you have an issue. 

What happens next?

Once you submit your Change of Mind form, you will receive a revised Statement of Course Choice confirming that your new choices have been entered into your record. 

For online changes, you should receive an email with an acknowledgement of the edits you made. 

For paper applicants, this revised statement is issued after the 1st of June. If you do not receive a Statement of Course Choice before the 7th of July, you should contact the CAO immediately with proof of your Change of Mind form. 

Important Dates 

27th June - HPAT Results - students applying for Medicine may consider making changes to their CAO choices at this point.

Read: What to do when you get your HPAT Results

17:15 1st July -  Change of mind closes for first time CAO applicants. 

This is the Final Date for CAO change of mind (course and/or order of preference) for 2016 entry 

8th July -  You should have received your revised statement of course choices. If it does not arrive, or where there are errors or ommissions, it is advisable to contact the CAO immediately.

17th August - Leaving Certificate results issued

22nd August - Round 1 offers

29th August - Closing date for acceptance of Round 1 offers. 

1st September - Round 2 offers. 

7th September -  Closing date for acceptance of Round 2 offers.

For full details see CAO Handbook

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