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1 Guidance Information for Parents of 6 th Years Deirdre Griffin Guidance Counsellor 25 th November, 2014

2 Structure of presentation Preamble – The Leaving Cert Year Preamble – The Leaving Cert Year Choices after school and National Framework of Qualifications Choices after school and National Framework of Qualifications Post Leaving Cert courses –PLCs Post Leaving Cert courses –PLCs UCAS applications UCAS applications The CAO process The CAO process The HEAR application process (Higher Education Access Route to Education) The HEAR application process (Higher Education Access Route to Education) The DARE application process (Disability Access Route to Education) The DARE application process (Disability Access Route to Education) The Finance (cost of college, grants SUSI - Student Universal Support Ireland) The Finance (cost of college, grants SUSI - Student Universal Support Ireland) Accommodation Accommodation

3 LEAVING CERT YEAR Very stressful and anxiety provoking year for students and parents Very stressful and anxiety provoking year for students and parents Very important that they work steadily – complete things as they come up. Avoid procrastination…. Anxiety builds. Very important that they work steadily – complete things as they come up. Avoid procrastination…. Anxiety builds. Nutrition, EXERCISE, sleep- structure is important Nutrition, EXERCISE, sleep- structure is important Avoid overconsumption (alcohol, coffee- stimulants…….depressing effect) Avoid overconsumption (alcohol, coffee- stimulants…….depressing effect) Avoid peaks and dips- need to arrive at 4 th June in good condition! Avoid peaks and dips- need to arrive at 4 th June in good condition!

4 LEAVING CERT YEAR Their mental health/emotional health very important….. Their mental health/emotional health very important….. Media and Leaving Cert, Media and Leaving Cert, Projections of parents.. Projections of parents.. Projections of school…… Projections of school…… Choose one thing! Choose one thing! Their personal transition, how the navigate it – huge opportunity for ‘personal learning’ Their personal transition, how the navigate it – huge opportunity for ‘personal learning’

5 OPTIONS after the Leaving Certificate

6 National Framework of Qualifications

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8 NATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF QUALIFICATIONS Level 5/6 Certificate/Advanced Certificate Level 5/6 Certificate/Advanced Certificate FETAC (Now awarded by QQI Quality Qualifications Ireland) FETAC (Now awarded by QQI Quality Qualifications Ireland) Level 6 Higher Certificate Level 6 Higher Certificate (IOTs Institutes of Technology) (IOTs Institutes of Technology) Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree (IOTs, Colleges, Universities) (IOTs, Colleges, Universities) Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree (IOTs, Colleges, Universities) (IOTs, Colleges, Universities)

9 Links and progression  Progression/links from Further Education Colleges – FETAC 5/6) to HEI ( IOTs, Colleges/Universities)  Certain number of places at HEI in various courses held for FETAC students who achieve distinctions in courses specific modules  So students can progress on the ladder system for level 5 to level 6/7/8

10 1) POST LEAVING CERT COURSES Main Providers in Cork College of Commerce – College of Commerce – Colaiste Stiofain Naofa – Colaiste Stiofain Naofa – St. Johns Central College – St. Johns Central College – Kinsale College of Further Ed – Kinsale College of Further Ed – Apply from December on the above websites directly to college. Interviews in Feb/March, May and August Apply from December on the above websites directly to college. Interviews in Feb/March, May and August Some courses are competitive (eg Pre Nursing, Hairdressing and Childcare so apply early) Some courses are competitive (eg Pre Nursing, Hairdressing and Childcare so apply early)

11 POST LEAVING CERT COURSES (PLC’s) – Colleges of Further Education Offer a range of courses, mostly to FETAC Level 5 (1 year), some to Level 6 (2 years) Offer a range of courses, mostly to FETAC Level 5 (1 year), some to Level 6 (2 years) Possibility of entry to Higher Education Institutions (HEI) on completion of course Possibility of entry to Higher Education Institutions (HEI) on completion of course Entry requirements - usually 5 passes in Leaving Cert and interview Entry requirements - usually 5 passes in Leaving Cert and interview Some fees, some charges (proportion covered by grant if applicable) Some fees, some charges (proportion covered by grant if applicable)

12 Eg. Colaiste Stiofan Naofa

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14 Kinsale College of Further Education

15 2) UCAS APPLICATIONS UCAS (UK) Sept to Jan apply online UCAS (UK) Sept to Jan apply online OCT 15 th deadline for Med, Vet, Dent OCT 15 th deadline for Med, Vet, Dent Jan 15 th All other courses Jan 15 th All other courses

16 3) CAO APPLICATIONS

17 Central Applications Office – CAO CAO Handbook (all rules/all courses) CAO Handbook (all rules/all courses) 46 Higher Education Institutions (HEI) covering Universities, Institutes of Technology, Art Colleges, Specialist Colleges and some Private Colleges (Colleges not covered by the Free Fees Scheme) 46 Higher Education Institutions (HEI) covering Universities, Institutes of Technology, Art Colleges, Specialist Colleges and some Private Colleges (Colleges not covered by the Free Fees Scheme) The HEI’s offer Level 6 (Higher Cert), Level 7 (Ordinary Degrees) and Level 8 (Honour Degrees) courses The HEI’s offer Level 6 (Higher Cert), Level 7 (Ordinary Degrees) and Level 8 (Honour Degrees) courses

18 Important dates for CAO November 5 th 2014: CAO opens November 5 th 2014: CAO opens Register before Jan 20 th avail of discounted fee € 25 Register before Jan 20 th avail of discounted fee € 25 Normal closing date 1 Feb € 40 Normal closing date 1 Feb € 40 All restricted courses MUST be in choice list before 1 Feb All restricted courses MUST be in choice list before 1 Feb 5 th May to 1 st of July change of mind facility (change order of courses) Free 5 th May to 1 st of July change of mind facility (change order of courses) Free Statement of application record posted by the end of May – READ IT! Statement of application record posted by the end of May – READ IT! 17 th Aug - Round one offers (accept by 24 th Aug) 17 th Aug - Round one offers (accept by 24 th Aug) 26 th Aug – Round two offers (accept by 2 rd Sept) 26 th Aug – Round two offers (accept by 2 rd Sept)

19 RESTRICTED COURSES A restricted course is any course which requires more then entry requirements and points for entry (auditions – music/drama, portfolio – Art, HPAT – Medicine) A restricted course is any course which requires more then entry requirements and points for entry (auditions – music/drama, portfolio – Art, HPAT – Medicine) If a student is applying to a restricted course this MUST be in list by February 1 st. If a student is applying to a restricted course this MUST be in list by February 1 st. Restricted courses are clearly highlighted in the CAO handbook. Restricted courses are clearly highlighted in the CAO handbook. After 1 st Feb you can change order or delete course, but you cannot generally introduce it as auditions, portfolio etc dates are arranged for Feb/Mar/April After 1 st Feb you can change order or delete course, but you cannot generally introduce it as auditions, portfolio etc dates are arranged for Feb/Mar/April

20 ISSUES WHICH INFLUENCE COURSE CHOICES Ability / Interests - KNOW YOURSELF Ability / Interests - KNOW YOURSELF Subjects (in the course) - Look at college calender or book of modules for each course to see WHAT will be studied in each year of course Subjects (in the course) - Look at college calender or book of modules for each course to see WHAT will be studied in each year of course Style of learning – How is course taught (Theory/Practical/Combination of both) Style of learning – How is course taught (Theory/Practical/Combination of both) Geographical location (support systems) Geographical location (support systems) Finance (Costs and grants) Finance (Costs and grants) Specific v broad courses (personal value system) Specific v broad courses (personal value system) Career Implications Career Implications Research and talk to people, open days, course directors (information is power..) Research and talk to people, open days, course directors (information is power..) FRIENDS’ DECISIONS……….. FRIENDS’ DECISIONS……….. Back up Plan Back up Plan

21 Research (courses) (courses) (very comprehensive courses/careers) (very comprehensive courses/careers) (careers) (careers) College Prospectus College Prospectus College web sites College web sites CAO handbook CAO handbook

22 Entry Requirements Level 8 (Hons Degree) 2HC3 + 4H/OD3 to include English, Irish, Maths, Other Language……(This is a general rule with lots of exceptions. Arts programmes - no maths requirement, Sciences/Nursing/ – no language requirement but Lab Science requirement, Hons Engineering HC3 Maths, Primary School Teaching 3HC3 one to be Irish, Level 8 (Hons Degree) 2HC3 + 4H/OD3 to include English, Irish, Maths, Other Language……(This is a general rule with lots of exceptions. Arts programmes - no maths requirement, Sciences/Nursing/ – no language requirement but Lab Science requirement, Hons Engineering HC3 Maths, Primary School Teaching 3HC3 one to be Irish, Level 6/7 (Higher Certificate/Ord Degree – generally offered in IOTs ) –Passes in five subjects to include specific subjects (eg, Maths and English etc) Level 6/7 (Higher Certificate/Ord Degree – generally offered in IOTs ) –Passes in five subjects to include specific subjects (eg, Maths and English etc) FOR EVERY COURSE ENTRY, REQUIREMNTS MUST BE CHECKED. If all Entry Requirements are met THEN applicant is deemed ‘Qualified’ to apply, only THEN do the points become relevant.

23 POINTS TO NOTE The CAO Handbook lists the courses and course codes. All up to date information is on The CAO Handbook lists the courses and course codes. All up to date information is on The responsibility for ensuring a correct application lies with each applicant. The responsibility for ensuring a correct application lies with each applicant. Applicants to the CAO may choose up to 10 Level 8 Courses and up to 10 Level 6/7 Courses Applicants to the CAO may choose up to 10 Level 8 Courses and up to 10 Level 6/7 Courses Students may delete, change order or add courses (except restricted ones) during the Change of Mind period (early May -1 st July) with some minimal restrictions Students may delete, change order or add courses (except restricted ones) during the Change of Mind period (early May -1 st July) with some minimal restrictions

24 COURSE SELECTION – IOT’s COURSE SELECTION – IOT’s Students sometimes do not pay enough attention to the ladder route available in IOT’s Students sometimes do not pay enough attention to the ladder route available in IOT’s Starting from a Level 6 course, students may progress onto a Level 7 and then onto a Level 8 course. Starting from a Level 6 course, students may progress onto a Level 7 and then onto a Level 8 course. Pay attention to Level 6/7 course options. Keep all options open. These choices may bring you to where you want to go……. Pay attention to Level 6/7 course options. Keep all options open. These choices may bring you to where you want to go…….

25 LEAVING CERT POINTS

26 TWO EXAMPLES OF LEAVING CERT POINTS WITH BONUS 25 POINTS FOR HONS MATHS

27 HOW DOES IT WORK  CAO checks entry requirements  HEI release how many places for each course  CAO place each candidate in a queue for each of their course preferences, beginning with their first and moving down through second, third etc until they are in a position to offer a course.  Eg. 10 places for a course, 20 apply first preference. Person with top score front of queue and others fall in behind. The person who gets in on tenth place, it is their points that are the ‘cut off’ (points for course). If there are three candidates for last place then their random number applies and the candidate with highest random number gets it.  If candidates refuse an offer then those places reissued to next in queue in round 2….. Then round 3 till places are filled.

28 Course with 100 places to be offered Course with 100 places to be offered Course Cut Off Points = 330Course Cut Off Points = 335*  Random Selection to be used  Last place to be filled Applicant Position Points Score Applicant Position Points Score Course Merit Lists

29 ORDER OF PREFERENCE It is a mistake to rate the quality of degrees by their entry points. It is a mistake to rate the quality of degrees by their entry points. Points only indicate supply and demand. Points only indicate supply and demand. The points reflect the number of places available on each course and represent the score achieved by the last student to be offered a place. The points reflect the number of places available on each course and represent the score achieved by the last student to be offered a place. If a number of students are tied on points for the last place, then students are picked randomly. Denoted by an * - e.g. 385* If a number of students are tied on points for the last place, then students are picked randomly. Denoted by an * - e.g. 385*

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31 So – what is the best way to fill in the courses? Dream Courses Realistic Courses Banker Courses A WORD OF CAUTION: IF YOU ARE FILLING IN ALL 10 CHOICES, ONLY CHOOSE COURSES THAT YOU WOULD BE HAPPY WITH – DON’T ‘THROW IN’ A COURSE!

32 1. Business Information Systems UCC Commerce UCC Finance UCC Business Info Systems CIT Food Marketing UCC Arts UCC Business St UL Software Development CIT Computer Science UCC Marketing CIT Business Studies CIT Business Admin CIT Tourism CIT Computing CIT Business WIT Business /Tourism WIT Recreation /Leisure CIT Business Studies ITT Office Info System ITT Computing ITT 225 Hons degree level 8 Higher Cert/Ord degree level 6/7 Sample Applicant with score of 425 points

33 POINTS TO NOTE It is a mistake to base choice of course only on a students present expectation of examination performance or on the points of previous years It is a mistake to base choice of course only on a students present expectation of examination performance or on the points of previous years Again GENUINE ORDER OF PREFERENCE is the best way of ensuring students end up where they want to end up Again GENUINE ORDER OF PREFERENCE is the best way of ensuring students end up where they want to end up Some students change order of preference as a reaction to the experience of doing their exams. This is a mistake.(They may do this without informing parents)…. Some students change order of preference as a reaction to the experience of doing their exams. This is a mistake.(They may do this without informing parents)…. Preferably final choice done by end May Preferably final choice done by end May

34 AFTER SUBMITTING APPLICATION You are assigned a CAO number, which you keep and quote on all correspondences You are assigned a CAO number, which you keep and quote on all correspondences An initial acknowledgment is sent by An initial acknowledgment is sent by Statement of Application Record by end May at the latest. This should be READ carefully to ensure all information is correct. If not, contact CAO immediately. Statement of Application Record by end May at the latest. This should be READ carefully to ensure all information is correct. If not, contact CAO immediately. After changes of mind, final Statement of Application sent before 7 th July After changes of mind, final Statement of Application sent before 7 th July

35 THE OFFER PROCESS Leaving Cert Results - Wed. 12 th Aug Leaving Cert Results - Wed. 12 th Aug CAO Round One - Mon. 17 th Aug CAO Round One - Mon. 17 th Aug Your offer notice issued online (and post) may contain an offer Your offer notice issued online (and post) may contain an offer for a Level 8 course for a Level 8 course or a Level 7/6 course or a Level 7/6 course or both or both If students receive two offers (one from level 8 one from level 6/7) at the same time they may only accept one of them. If students receive two offers (one from level 8 one from level 6/7) at the same time they may only accept one of them. If they wish to accept an offer of a place they must carry out the instructions on the offer notice before 5.15pm on the closing date for acceptance printed on the offer notice. If they wish to accept an offer of a place they must carry out the instructions on the offer notice before 5.15pm on the closing date for acceptance printed on the offer notice.

36 OFFERS  When students accept a place, they may still become eligible for a course higher up their list, if this happens they can accept the new offer or stay with the original one.  Remember you could move up your list, but you cannot move down, the CAO presumes that you listed your courses IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE.  It is a mistake to reject an offer in the hope of getting something higher….. It may not happen.

37 CAO – DEFERRED ENTRY Read page 5 of handbook Read page 5 of handbook Do not accept the offer in the manner shown on the CAO Offer Notice. Do not accept the offer in the manner shown on the CAO Offer Notice. or write immediately to the Admissions Office of the particular college setting out the reason(s) for the request. Mark 'Deferred Entry' clearly on the subject line/envelope. This must be received by college at least two days before the reply date on offer. or write immediately to the Admissions Office of the particular college setting out the reason(s) for the request. Mark 'Deferred Entry' clearly on the subject line/envelope. This must be received by college at least two days before the reply date on offer. If accepted the deferral is held for one year. The following year you reapply through CAO only choosing your deferred course and tick the deferral box on application If accepted the deferral is held for one year. The following year you reapply through CAO only choosing your deferred course and tick the deferral box on application

38 HEAR- Higher Education Access Route DARE – Disability Access Route to Education

39 The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) HEAR is a 3 rd level admissions scheme for students from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds HEAR is a 3 rd level admissions scheme for students from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds 16 HEIs participate – UCC, UCD, DCU, DIT, UCG, TCD, UL, NUIM and teacher training colleges 16 HEIs participate – UCC, UCD, DCU, DIT, UCG, TCD, UL, NUIM and teacher training colleges Students who are eligible for HEAR compete for a number of reduced points places, but they still need to meet minimum and specific entry requirements Students who are eligible for HEAR compete for a number of reduced points places, but they still need to meet minimum and specific entry requirements Eligibility depends on financial means and also socio-economic background Eligibility depends on financial means and also socio-economic background

40 DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) DARE is a 3 rd level scheme to allow students with disabilities to compete for one of a number of reserved places in HEIs on a reduced points basis. DARE is a 3 rd level scheme to allow students with disabilities to compete for one of a number of reserved places in HEIs on a reduced points basis. A large variety of disabilities included, from learning difficulties to mental health conditions to specific long term illnesses A large variety of disabilities included, from learning difficulties to mental health conditions to specific long term illnesses Medical/Psychological Evidence of Disability required Medical/Psychological Evidence of Disability required 18 HEIs participate including – UCC, CIT, DIT, AIT, DCU, NCI, NUIG, NUIM, Pontifical Maynooth, UCD, TCD, UL, Mater Dei 18 HEIs participate including – UCC, CIT, DIT, AIT, DCU, NCI, NUIG, NUIM, Pontifical Maynooth, UCD, TCD, UL, Mater Dei

41 HEAR and DARE Applications Both forms are optional ‘add-ons’ on CAO Form Both forms are optional ‘add-ons’ on CAO Form Both forms need to be completed by 1 st March. Both forms need to be completed by 1 st March. Supporting documents to arrive to CAO by 1 st April. Supporting documents to arrive to CAO by 1 st April. HEAR and DARE advice clinic on Jan 10 th 2014, 10am - 2pm in UCC at De Vere Hall, Student Centre. All HEAR and DARE applicants with their parents/guardians should attend this session HEAR and DARE advice clinic on Jan 10 th 2014, 10am - 2pm in UCC at De Vere Hall, Student Centre. All HEAR and DARE applicants with their parents/guardians should attend this session. Practice workbook available online, if completed and brought to Advice Clinic, you are in a better position to get exact advice. Practice workbook available online, if completed and brought to Advice Clinic, you are in a better position to get exact advice. Website : Website :

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43 Information and help Download application videos for both HEAR and DARE. Download application videos for both HEAR and DARE. Workbook to fill out to aid your online application Workbook to fill out to aid your online application Information about supporting documents Information about supporting documents Information about eligibility Information about eligibility

44 Dates to remember 10 th Jan National Hear/ Dare advice clinics UCC DARE advice clinic held in UCC G02 (Western Gateway) 6-8pm on DEC 3rd For all events look under UCC website under ‘Open Days and Events Listing’ For all events look under UCC website under ‘Open Days and Events Listing’

45 How many applications? Students can apply to PLCs (Post Leaving Cert courses in any or all of the Further Education Colleges) plus CAO, plus UCAS (English colleges) if they so choose Students can apply to PLCs (Post Leaving Cert courses in any or all of the Further Education Colleges) plus CAO, plus UCAS (English colleges) if they so choose Be realistic- know yourself Be realistic- know yourself

46 Cost of going to college Cost of going to college Accommodation Accommodation Grants/Scholarships Grants/Scholarships

47 Monthly Cost of Living Away from Home Books €70 Accommodation€400 Light/Heat/Power€60 Food€240 Clothes, laundry, etc…€45 Local Travel€80 Social Life, other travel, miscellaneous€140 Total per month€1,035 Yearly Total (8 months)€8,280 Source: DCU Student Affairs

48 Accommodation The search for college accommodation starts early each year. The search for college accommodation starts early each year. If your son or daughter is hoping to secure on-campus accommodation it would be worthwhile contacting the relevant colleges now to enquire about reserving a place. If your son or daughter is hoping to secure on-campus accommodation it would be worthwhile contacting the relevant colleges now to enquire about reserving a place. Colleges generally manage the on-campus accommodation themselves Colleges generally manage the on-campus accommodation themselves Payment is usually made in 2 instalments (Sept and Dec) Payment is usually made in 2 instalments (Sept and Dec)

49 On- Campus Accommodation UCC UCC  Accept bookings from mid Feb and prospective students are advised to research online or ring / There is a virtual tour of apartments online  Numerous complexes - some UCC owned (e.g. Castlewhite, Victoria Lodge), others private (e.g. Brooklodge, Deans Hall, Farranlea). Website indicates those accepting First Years. Deposit €250 approx, refund €200, depending on when you cancel CIT have no on-campus accommodation. Info on Digs/houses etc. contact the accommodations office or CIT have no on-campus accommodation. Info on Digs/houses etc. contact the accommodations office or

50 On Campus Accommodation Mary Immaculate College Mary Immaculate College  On-campus is for girls only (68 places). Deposit of €750 (student does not take offer, refund of €650). Total cost is deposit plus €2,640. Student has own room. Emphasis on security. Accommodations office (Off campus accommodation also available)  UL  Accept bookings from Jan. Five ‘villages’ to choose from. Book on-line early. Deposit of €250 payable - if student does not go to UL given back €200 at least. Cost €3,500 - €4,500. Tel or for information.

51 On Campus Accommodation  DCU – Booking from Feb. Places allocated to those with 500pts+ first and rest on a lottery subject to them having accepted a place. or on Trinity – Accepts applications online, only after an offer has been accepted by the student. All information online, all considered equally. Accommodation Office or Trinity – Accepts applications online, only after an offer has been accepted by the student. All information online, all considered equally. Accommodation Office or UCD – 800 on campus places. Apply in May (no deposit). Once student has accepted place they open to being offered accommodation Tel: and UCD – 800 on campus places. Apply in May (no deposit). Once student has accepted place they open to being offered accommodation Tel: and

52 On Campus Accommodation NUI Maynooth – Bookings on-line from early Dec. Places allocated by lottery. No deposit necessary until places are offered to students after they accept their CAO offer. Residence office or NUI Maynooth – Bookings on-line from early Dec. Places allocated by lottery. No deposit necessary until places are offered to students after they accept their CAO offer. Residence office or NUI Galway – Bookings taken in February. Deposit of approx €800 (€700 returned if place not taken up). Office or NUI Galway – Bookings taken in February. Deposit of approx €800 (€700 returned if place not taken up). Office or

53 Off Campus Accommodation Most colleges also have off-campus accommodation Most colleges also have off-campus accommodation Digs are an excellent option for parents as there is a set price and meals & bills are included. Digs are an excellent option for parents as there is a set price and meals & bills are included. Again if you contact the accommodation offices of the HEI’s they will give you advice and have lists of digs. Usually list available in May or can arrange when a student has received a place in a HEI Again if you contact the accommodation offices of the HEI’s they will give you advice and have lists of digs. Usually list available in May or can arrange when a student has received a place in a HEI

54 The Higher Education Grants Scheme The student grant is the main source of financial help available to students in full time Post Leaving Cert courses or Higher Education undergraduate courses The student grant is the main source of financial help available to students in full time Post Leaving Cert courses or Higher Education undergraduate courses It is means tested, taking into account income during previous tax year. It considers gross income, number of dependants in family, number of dependants in college and distance between normal residence and college. It is means tested, taking into account income during previous tax year. It considers gross income, number of dependants in family, number of dependants in college and distance between normal residence and college.

55 Applications are made through a central application online system, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Applications are made through a central application online system, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Applications open usually in May (notification in the press) and must be received before the end of August. Applications open usually in May (notification in the press) and must be received before the end of August. All information (including application guide video) on All information (including application guide video) on

56 Higher Education Grants in Operation For grant applications next Spring the reckonable income looked at is between Jan 1 st 2014 and Dec 31 st 2014 For grant applications next Spring the reckonable income looked at is between Jan 1 st 2014 and Dec 31 st 2014 The grant offers financial support to cover maintenance, student contribution fee and field trip fees. (Tuition or course cost fees are covered for all EU students under the Free Fees Scheme) The grant offers financial support to cover maintenance, student contribution fee and field trip fees. (Tuition or course cost fees are covered for all EU students under the Free Fees Scheme) The Student Contribution Fee is a fee charged by colleges/universities. The fee will be €2, 750 in and €3,000 in 2015/16 The Student Contribution Fee is a fee charged by colleges/universities. The fee will be €2, 750 in and €3,000 in 2015/16

57 Higher Education Grants in Operation If you qualify, the level of maintenance paid towards living costs will be calculated at 100%, 75%, 50% or 25% If you qualify, the level of maintenance paid towards living costs will be calculated at 100%, 75%, 50% or 25% It is often not paid until very late in the first term so be prepared It is often not paid until very late in the first term so be prepared If they drop out of their course or fail and have to repeat a year, there are implications for grant and tuition payments. Check with the relevant HEI for details. If they drop out of their course or fail and have to repeat a year, there are implications for grant and tuition payments. Check with the relevant HEI for details.

58 Income Limits for Standard Grant 2014/15 Please check for eligibility Number of Dependent Children Full Maintenance Part Maintenance (75%) Part Maintenance (50%) Part Maintenance (25%) Less than 4 €39,875€40,970€43,380€45, €43,810€44,025€47,670€50,325 8 or more €47,575€48,890€51,760€54,630  There are further increments available if more than one dependant is attending full-time education  Special Rate earn less then €22,703 and be in receipt of some social welfare payment

59 Value of Grants Levels of Grant Non-adjacent Rate (over 45kms between college and home) Adjacent Rate (Less than 45kms between college and home) Student Contribution Paid? Special rate 5,9152,375√ Standard rate-100% maintenance 3,0251,215√ Standard rate-75% maintenance 2,270910√ Standard rate-50% maintenance 1,515605√ Standard rate-25% maintenance √ Source:

60 Student Assistance Fund A supplementary fund to assist students A supplementary fund to assist students Applied for after entry to college Applied for after entry to college Not intended for fees, tuition but rather for rent, heat, food and basic living expenses, as well as emergencies, etc. Not intended for fees, tuition but rather for rent, heat, food and basic living expenses, as well as emergencies, etc. Administered by the individual Colleges Administered by the individual Colleges Documentation of expenses and income will be requested and student may be interviewed. Documentation of expenses and income will be requested and student may be interviewed.

61 Scholarships Entrance scholarships are awarded by HEI’s on the basis of Leaving Cert results. The HEI’s inform students. Entrance scholarships are awarded by HEI’s on the basis of Leaving Cert results. The HEI’s inform students. Other scholarships (sport, GAA, etc) or special scholarships (technology, business etc) need to be applied for to particular college/university. All details are on particular college websites. (UCC Quercus Scholarship) Other scholarships (sport, GAA, etc) or special scholarships (technology, business etc) need to be applied for to particular college/university. All details are on particular college websites. (UCC Quercus Scholarship)

62 LEAVING CERT RESULTS Expected date of issue – Wed., 12 th August. Expected date of issue – Wed., 12 th August. Results are available in school or from 12pm, online on or by phone from the DES (both methods with exam no. and pin) Results are available in school or from 12pm, online on or by phone from the DES (both methods with exam no. and pin)www.examinations.ie In results envelope there is a request form to view scripts. It’s free to view them so return this form to office by due date. Viewing is in school in late Aug/early Sept. In results envelope there is a request form to view scripts. It’s free to view them so return this form to office by due date. Viewing is in school in late Aug/early Sept. After viewing scripts, there is the option to appeal the of €40 per appeal. After viewing scripts, there is the option to appeal the of €40 per appeal. Appeal application early Sept. Appeal application early Sept. Appeals back in early/mid October Appeals back in early/mid October Money returned if appeal successful. Statistically 20% upgraded Money returned if appeal successful. Statistically 20% upgraded

63 Things to watch out for: Leaving cert holiday – timing. Leaving cert holiday – timing. Students should be around for results, offers, interviews, registration, orientation. CAO change of mind opens 5th May until 1 st July. It is not recommended to change choices based on assumed poor performance in exams CAO change of mind opens 5th May until 1 st July. It is not recommended to change choices based on assumed poor performance in exams Students should be applying to all levels of courses (PLC as well as CAO 6/7 and 8) and have back up plans. Students should be applying to all levels of courses (PLC as well as CAO 6/7 and 8) and have back up plans.

64 If things go wrong Unfortunately students are sometimes unhappy with course choices Unfortunately students are sometimes unhappy with course choices If a student drops out they need to deregister If a student drops out they need to deregister If they deregister by 1 st Oct, you usually get 85% of registration back and students don’t lose their free fees entitlement If they deregister by 1 st Oct, you usually get 85% of registration back and students don’t lose their free fees entitlement If students deregister by Jan, they do not get registration costs back but will be entitled to half fees the following year If students deregister by Jan, they do not get registration costs back but will be entitled to half fees the following year Fees will not be paid for a second chance at the same year (either through failure or change of mind) Fees will not be paid for a second chance at the same year (either through failure or change of mind)

65 AVAILABILITY When the Leaving Cert Results come out usually there are staff in the school, including guidance counsellors. When the Leaving Cert Results come out usually there are staff in the school, including guidance counsellors. On the day of Round One CAO offers one or both of the guidance counsellors will be in the school to deal with queries either on the phone or in person from approx 11 til 2 On the day of Round One CAO offers one or both of the guidance counsellors will be in the school to deal with queries either on the phone or in person from approx 11 til 2 Feel free to contact us about issues raised tonight or other issues of concern – Feel free to contact us about issues raised tonight or other issues of concern –

66 “It's a funny thing, how much time we spend planning our lives. We so convince ourselves of what we want to do, that sometimes we don't see what we're meant to do.” “It's a funny thing, how much time we spend planning our lives. We so convince ourselves of what we want to do, that sometimes we don't see what we're meant to do.” ― Susan Gregg GilmoreSusan Gregg Gilmore “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” ― Allen SaundersAllen Saunders


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