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Mature Entry

Trinity College welcomes mature students and encourages their pursuit of study in the University. Mature applications for the 2022/2023 academic year are now open. If you are an EU applicant and are over 23 years of age on 1 January in the year of application, you may apply to be considered for a mature student place. All full-time undergraduate degree programmes are open to mature applicants. Mature applicants are not required to meet either the minimum academic (matriculation) requirements or the competitive academic entry level (Leaving Certificate points). Mature applicants must make a Central Applications Office (CAO) application by 1 February 2024. No late applications will be accepted. A supplementary application form is NOT required. Applicants may be short-listed for interview on the basis of information supplied on their CAO application. The interviews take place each year between mid-March and late May. Applicants shortlisted for interview are required to attend to proceed with their application.

Entry Requirements

Mature student applicants are not required to meet competitive academic entry levels (eg: Leaving Certificate points). Applicants are instead considered primarily on the basis of how relevant their life, work, and educational experiences are to the course(s) that they wish to pursue.
Michael Fottrell: History - Trinity Mature Entry Champion
Carly Bailey: Law and Politics - Trinity Mature Student Champion
Matthew Moore: Law and Business - Trinity Mature Entry Champion
Dominic Robinson: Geography and History - Trinity Mature Entry Champion
Kathleen Joyce: Social Work and Policy - TAP Champion
Fergal McLoughlin: Mental Health Nursing - Trinity Mature Entry Champion
Margaret Byrne: Ancient & Medieval History - TAP Champion


In order to apply to Trinity as a mature applicant, you must:
  • be an EU applicant
  • be at least 23 years of age on 1st January of the year of admission
  • submit a CAO application to the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February of the year of admission

1916 Busary Information

What is the 1916 Bursary?

The 1916 Bursary is a financial award to encourage the participation and success of students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.

The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) and aims to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and from groups most under-represented in higher education.

To be eligible for a 1916 Bursary, all applicants must meet, Financial, Priority Group and College Entry eligibility criteria.

Each participating college has a limited number of bursaries which are awarded to the eligible applicants that present the greatest need.

How much is the 1916 Bursary worth?

Tier 1: €5,000 per annum. In 2022, Tier 1 Bursaries will be awarded to a total of 253 new entrant undergraduate students for the duration of their studies.

Tier 2: €2,000 per annum. In 2022, Tier 2 Bursaries were awarded to a total of 121 new entrant undergraduate students for the duration of their studies. Tier 2 Bursaries will be awarded to applicants who meet the criteria for the 1916 Bursary but who did not ultimately qualify for a Tier 1 bursary.

Tier 3: Once-Off Bursary (€1,500 payable for 2022/23 academic year only). The number of Tier 3 bursaries to be paid will depend on the amount of remaining funding available to each cluster following the allocation of Tier 1 and 2 bursaries (including for continuing students and students progressing to postgraduate study).

Tier 1 and 2 bursaries will also be paid as students progress into postgraduate study. This means that students already in receipt of a 1916 Bursary and who are completing their undergraduate studies will be entitled to continue to receive their bursary for postgraduate study.

Additional details are provided by the PATH 2 HEA guidelines

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?

Any students entering year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in the academic year (2022/23), full or part-time, with a household reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2021, who are in the identified priority groups, can apply for the bursary. Students who are entering directly to year 2 of a programme can also apply.

What are the criteria to apply?

To see if you may be eligible to apply for a 1916 Bursary, please see the Criteria Quick Check at

1916 Applicant Guidelines

Complete guidelines for 1916 Bursary applicants is available to download here. (PDF)