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Although most of the focus during the college-application period is on school leavers, a significant number of those applying to college each year are non-standard applicants, including mature applicants, that is those over 23 years of age. Last year's CAO application figures showed Cao for mature students over 9, of a total of 68, applicants were "mature". Whereas school-leavers may be surrounded by help and advice, mature applicants often feel uncertain where to turn.

Prospective mature applicants can get a general overview of their opportunities on the Qualifax website, www. Click "adult guidance" on the menu across the top, and then click "courses", and then "mature students".

These are foundation programmes geared at preparing students for full-time degree-level study. The Mature Students Directory details all such programmes.

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However, many mature students enter directly into degree programmes in higher education institutions HEIs. All colleges are anxious to help mature students make informed decisions, and they have many support services in place.

College websites are a most sophisticated source of information for all Cao for mature students, and lists of Higher Education Institutes' websites can be quickly accessed directly or through CAO's website.

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CAO's handbook, also available online, contains much information for mature applicants, including details of how they should apply.

As mature applicants to nursing degrees will know, there are separate CAO codes for standard and mature applicants to all nursing programmes. Many college websites have dedicated Cao for mature students for mature applicants, geared to answer their specific questions.

It is a good idea to do a lot of preparatory information-gathering on the internet but for some people nothing beats the personal contact. It is always advisable to visit a campus and talk to college staff, particularly the mature student officer. A Under the terms of the free tuition fees scheme as it currently operatesmature students are entitled to free tuition fees as long as they are first-time undergraduate students on full-time courses.

They are also eligible to apply for maintenance grants, and some may be eligible for allowances such as the Back to Education allowance. Mature Cao for mature students will be considered on the basis of other criteria, although some may use their Leaving Certificate results.

Today, Trinity College Dublin holds a dedicated information session from 12pm to 1pm to explain its applications process for mature applicants. The same session will be repeated on Thursday January 22at 6pm. Mature applicants are particularly welcome to a dedicated session. Sarah Knapton in London It has long been assumed that childhood is a time of Cao for mature students, free from the shackles of social conformity, when youngsters act naturally on instinct rather than by convention.

Just the kids love it, but not the teacher or mams and dads.

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CAO advice for mature students. January 20 Nevertheless, there are plenty of sources of information available to them. Q Are mature students entitled to free tuition fees? Q Must mature students meet the same points requirements as school leavers?

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