The role of the Access Office is to encourage and support students with disabilities or special needs, from disadvantaged backgrounds or mature students making the transition to third level education.

As well as providing disability and learning supports for students, the Access Office administers access schemes (DARE/HEAR), the Student Assistant Fund and Mature Student applications.


Access Routes to Education

  • HEAR – IT Sligo is part of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR). This is a college and university scheme that offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.
  • DARE – IT Sligo is also part of the Disability Access Route to Education (HEAR). All courses will accept qualified DARE applicants, the courses that applicants are likely to study will reflect that popularity of courses in general.

Disability Support

Students with Disabilities or Special Needs are very welcome at IT Sligo. It is important to make contact with to register for support.

  • We welcome students with Autism whom require academic and exam supports to register with our service. One to one support is available.
  • The Assistive Technology Room offers a range of state-of-the-art equipment available to support students with a disability in their studies.
  • Special facilities for examinations.

Financial Assistance

Fund for Students with Disabilities

This fund aims to support the personal, educational and professional development of the learner achieve their full potential. Applications can be made for specialised equipment, materials or technological aids, targeted transport services, sign language assistants/ interpreters and personal assistants. It is important to contact the access office at the start of the academic year to avail of this.

Contact the access office to find out more

Student Assistant Fund

This fund aims to ensure that disadvantaged students receive financial supports to enable them to fully benefit from their studies and to assist them in overcoming financial obstacles which may otherwise cause them to abandon their studies.

How to Apply – Watch your student emails for the link in semester 1

Mature Students

A mature applicant is someone who is aged 23 or older on January 1st of the calendar year of application to third level education. Mature applicants, must apply to the Central Application Office (CAO), on or before 1st February. Application forms can be obtained from the CAO or online at CAO accepts late applications before a May, 1st closing date. Mature students are interviewed in April and late Summer, depending on when applications are received.

Want to find out more?