Access TU Dublin

Access TU Dublin is aimed at school leavers, from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds who would like to study a full time undergraduate course in TU Dublin.

Closing Date

Applications are now closed for entry in 2021

Why Apply?

Pre-Entry Supports:

  • Application Support from TU Dublin Access Service staff
  • Reduced points CAO offers for courses in TU Dublin provided you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Post Entry Supports:

  • Orientation programme before you begin your programme
  • Financial advice and guidance (student financial assistance funds available)
  • Support from staff in the Access Service
  • Peer mentoring
  • Additional academic support if required
  • Volunteering and Leadership opportunities

Please Note:

The Access Service in TU Dublin will only make reduced points offers in Round 1 for the below Entry Routes.  If you are eligible for one of these entry routes and receive an offer in a later CAO round, you will be supported by either the Access Service and/or the Disability Support Service.

If you are HEAR and/or Access TU Dublin eligible and receive a CAO offer after round 1, please contact 01 220 7113 to avail of supports from the Access Service.

If you are DARE eligible and receive a CAO offer after round 1, please contact 01 220 5008.

These numbers are for guideline purposes only and may vary from year to year.

The information in the link below is correct as of the 17th August 2021:

TU Dublin CAO Codes HEAR DARE Access Places 2021



  • Submit an Access TU Dublin application form
  • Apply via CAO (based on leaving cert results) for full time undergraduate entry in Autumn 2021
  • Under the age of 23 years on January 1st2021

Meet ONE of the following:

  • Member of the Traveller community (Automatic Eligibility on supply of documented proof)
  • In the care of, or recently in the care of, the Health Service Executive (HSE) or Tusla (Automatic Eligibility on supply of documented proof)
  • Attending a TU Dublin Partner and Link DEIS Schools
  • Be resident in one of the following post codes – Dublin 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24
  • Submit a letter of support, written by a relevant person, with your application stating that Access TU Dublin is appropriate for you.  

Meet THREE of the following financial & social and cultural indicators:

  • Parents have not gone to college (higher education)
  • Applicant has attended a DEIS school for at least 2 years
  • Be from a socio economic group underrepresented in higher education
  • Live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage
  • Family received a means tested payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 26 weeks in 2019
  • Family income was below the following amounts in 2019 
Less than 4 children €45,790
Between 4-7 children  €50,325 
More than 8 children €54,630
Add €4,670 to the total income for every sibling/parent enrolled in a full time college, university or post leaving certificate further education course