2021 Grade 12 Selection List: Download and search the PDF doc

The 2021 tertiary selection list is NOT released (or finalised) by DHERST yet. PNG Insight will bring you updates leading up to the end of the year 2020. Meanwhile, here is a video about the Grade 12 selection listing. Please watch and subscribe. 

The 2020 Grade 12 Selection list was in one PDF file and easy to check the selected students for each uni and college in the country. You may find the hints and tips below helpful when checking for the students on the tertiary selection list for 2020.

Updated: 11/12/2020

The update presents five helpful information about the 2020 selection list:

1. AES and TESAS 2020 tertiary scholarships

2. Stats of Grade 12 students selected to tertiary institutions in 2019

3. Important notes from DHERST

4. How to find a student's name 2020 tertiary selection list

5. Where to download the 2020 tertiary selection list PDF

2020 tertiary selection listing - Released

2020 selected students on tertiary scholarships

Last year DHERST (Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology) published the Grade 12 Selection List on the 18th of December. 

The selected students were awarded a government's scholarship under two categories. The PNG government's higher education scholarship is called TESAS (the Tertiary Education Scholarship Assistant Scheme).

TESAS is classed into either HECAS (the High Education Contribution Assistance Scheme) and AES (the Academic Excellence Scholarship). If a student is not awarded one of the government's scholarships, then the student is considered Self-sponsored. The numbers of students awarded each scholarship in 2019 are given below.

Fact file Grade 12 students selection stats

2019 for 2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
  • 27,743 (= *18,318 + **11,792) students registered in DHERST online selection system
  • *18,318 students in the national admission pool NOT selected 
  • **11,792 (=***9,427 + ****2365) spaces available quota/spaces in higher education institutions (205 programs in HEI)
  • ***9,425 Grade 12 students selected to tertiary institutions
  • ****2,365 spaces yet to be filled via the national admission pool

2018 for 2019 ACADEMIC YEAR
  • AES- 904 Grade 12 Students awarded scholarships under this category 
  • HECAS - 3757 Students awarded scholarships under this category 
  • SELF-SPONSORED - 3936 had not been awarded a scholarship even they were selected by the selectors. 
  • Total students selected to Higher learning institutions in PNG = 8597 

DHERST announced 3 points that selected students to Tertiary institutions should take note of. 

In a press release, the department of higher education said the students whose names appeared on the Grade 12 selection list must take note the following:
(1) Your personal details contained within your application has been forwarded to the Higher Education Institution which has selected you.
(2) You should expect to receive an admissions offer letter directly from your Higher Education Institution (HEI). The HEI will communicate directly with you to inform you on specific details.

(3) If your Study Program receives scholarship awards from the National Government, you may be eligible for financial support through the Tertiary Education Student Assistance Scheme (TESAS). Your TESAS status is also indicated in this National Selection List. Please log in to the NOAS (apply.dherst.gov.pg) and check MyStatus section any time before the 22nd December 2018 for further details on how to access your scholarship. [DHERST , Press Release 2019]

2020 tertiary selection list pdf

It can be fiddly to identify a student's name of the PDF selection listing. But, you can use a quick trick to solve this problem. Simply use the 'search' bar on the PDF list. 

The students' names are not on the selection list last year. Presumably, if it is the same this year, students can not use their names when searching. The best detail to use is the student's number on School Leaver's Form (SLF).

How to quickly find a selected student on 2020 tertiary selection pdf list

1. Download the PDF file onto your device
2. Use the search button
3. Type in student's SLF number
4. Search
5. Confirm the school against SLF #.
6. Confirm your scholarship/fee status.
2020 grade 12 selection list dpf
PDF file listing by SLF number

Related articles

If you want more information details about the Grade 12 selection listing, GPA or scholarship, refer to one of the articles below:

  • Grade 12 Online Selection for 2019 Higher Education and Exam Results - Differentiated
  • How to calculate your Grade 12 GPA using Your Results [Updated].
  • Why You Should Know Your GPA (Click here)

Grade 12 selected students NOT on tertiary institutions scholarship

It is perhaps important to note that about 50% of the Grade 12 students names on the Grade 12 selection list are NOT awarded a government's scholarship (AES or HECAS) last year. 

They are, therefore, classified as self-sponsored students. (Here is a list of ideas about what to do to get a scholarship if you are a self-sponsored student).

But, what if a student's name is completely NOT on the Grade 12 selection list?  Here is what DHERST had to say about it last year:
We would like to inform you that your application has now been moved into the NOSS Admissions Pool. 
In the event that a higher education institution was not able to achieve 100 percent yield in the National Selections, your application may be considered from within the NOSS Admissions Pool. Should this happen, please log in to the NOAS (apply.dherst.gov.pg) and check MyStatus section prior to 31st December 2018. 
Also take note that in the event that a selected Grade 12 school leaver does not accept his/her admission offer, your application may also be considered from within the National Admissions’ Pool. Should this happen, please log in to the NOAS (apply.dherst.gov.pg) and check MyStatus section throughout February of 2019. 
If you have not achieved a GPA above 2.0 it may NOT be likely that your application will be considered from within the National Admission Pool. It is therefore highly recommended that you consider upgrading your marks with an intent to re-apply for further studies as a Non-School Leaver. Do not give up![DHERST , Press Release 2019]

Where to download the 2020 Tertiary Selection List

The HEI selection list for 2020 was officially released by DHERST. Last year the list came out on the 18th day of December. This year DHERST released the selection list PDF file on their website - here is a downloadable copy for Grade 12 Selection List for 2020 to higher institutions in the country.

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Unknown said...

Very informative, thankyou so much team..

Unknown said...

Thanks very much. Now I'm fully aware on what's going on.

Unknown said...

What will happen to the students in the national admission pool?

Admin said...

These students are in the *reserve* list, in other words. Read what DHERST said about the stds in Admission Pool above.

Unknown said...


Admin said...

Glad you find the information about the selection list for tertiary selection.

Unknown said...

My brother was placed in the admission pool through his account. However he was now enlisted to study as a school leaver under the department of Architecture and Building Construction. So we're still waiting for his ecceptance letter. Who will send his ecceptance letter; OUT or dherst. He has a GPA of 3.2 and assume that he should be under TESAS scorlaship in which the TESAS list was out already.

Unknown said...

I brother is selected to Madang Technical college this academic year-2020 but he is not recieving the acceptance letter from the college and we are still waiting. Any latest updates please email to nelsonpepae16@gmail.com. Thanks for your consideration.

Unknown said...

I'm getting a GPA of 2.8 and change my choice teacher colleges but I didn't get selected while my classmates get GPA of 2.6 where selected.Dherst said my application has been sent to national admission pool and I'm still waiting please any latest information about that? If any information about that my email address:mosesfuemba107@gmail.com

Thank you Fuemba Moses