Access Students

Who is eligible? | Access

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

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.


If you have any questions please email us at

  • Reduced points places in university
  • Places on every course
  • Academic, social, personal and professional support
  • Financial support in college
  • On-campus subsidised accommodation (Via the  DCU Access entry Route only)

The DCU Access entry route is similar to the HEAR route but it is open to students who have missed the HEAR deadline or are seeking subsidised accommodation.The eligibility criteria are the same as those for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR). Students who have applied to HEAR do not need to apply to DCU Access unless they are seeking subsidised accommodation.