The Maynooth Access Programme is committed to providing high quality supports to all students who enter through the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR).
The supports are designed to ease the transition from second level to third level and to assist HEAR students in having a top class student experience.   Maynooth University supports over 736 HEAR students.

As a HEAR student, your supports will begin as soon as you receive your Maynooth University CAO offer and continue throughout your degree.


Launchpad is a 3 day orientation programme for incoming MAP students to get to know one another and the University before starting at Maynooth University. The aims of the programme are for you to get an insight into university life, make friends, learn academic and personal skills that will help you at Maynooth University.  

Academic supports 

Academic supports including the MAP Academic AdvisorsStudent Plus and Technology Transition Programme, offered during first semester to help you adjust to the academic demands at Maynooth University. 

Designated Access Advisor 

There is a designated Access Advisor who is available to all HEAR students who may wish to discuss personal, academic financial or any other issues in confidence at any stage during your degree. If you are a HEAR student, book an appointment to meet an Advisor by emailing  

Financial Supports

There are financial supports available to HEAR students to help with the costs of going to university in your first year and if you met 5 or more HEAR indicators you will continue to receive financial support from the Maynooth University Access Programme throughout your degree. This assistance is co-funded by the Irish Government and European Union under the European Social Fund Human Capital Investment Programme. 

For all other aspects of your finances, the Student Budgeting Advice Service offers a free, friendly and confidential service to Maynooth University students to provide help, guidance and advice on any money issue. The Student Budgeting Advisor can also work with you on your financial planning for University.