Access Students

Entry Routes | Access

The DCU Access Service helps students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds to gain direct entry to DCU through the HEAR and Access entry routes.


Benefits of applying through the HEAR and Access entry route include:


  • Reduced points places in university
  • On-campus subsidised accommodation
  • Places on every course
  • Academic, social, personal and professional support
  • Financial support in college


Who Qualifies as an Access Student?


Students must be under the age of 23 and have completed their Leaving Certificate.


To qualify as an Access student, your family income must be on or below the specified threshold.


In addition to this requirement, you must also meet a combination of two other criteria, with one indicator meeting the socio-cultural criteria (4 or 5 or 6). This combination of financial, social and cultural indicators will determine your eligibility.


To find out more, visit HEAR and DCU Access Entry Route.


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