2021 Continuing Students Selection List for HEIs Released

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) announced the approved list of Continuing Students on TESAS today, 26th January 2021. The list contains the names and PNG govt scholarship (TESAS) details for the continuing students  (Year 2 - Year 4) attending the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Papua New Guinea.

  • AES - Academic Excellence Scholarships
  • HECAS - Higher Education Contribution Assistance Scheme

TESAS AWARD HECAS AES

 

Students TESAS (Tertiary Education Student Assistance SchemeAward Status indicates the type of PNG govt scholarship offered to students. It is a merit-based award. AES is awarded to the best performing students (with a high GPA).

The number of scholarships available to continuing students (and new intakes) is determined by the availability of govt funding and HEIs GPA cut-off, yearly. Details of funding and GPA for each HEI in the country is the work of DHERST. Here are some guides to TESAS and GPA.


TESAS: AES & HECAS Stats that matter - 2021

We kept some 'stats that matter' based on the TESAS Award list for New Intakes over the years. Here is the stat for the 2021 TESAS Awards for Continuing Students:

  • 82 Continuing students on AES 
  • 6779 Continuing students on HECAS 
  • 6861 Total Students on TESAS

Note: The figures do not include the NEW INTAKES. 

The 2021 DHERST Selection List for New Intakes was released a day after the Continuing Students TESAS Award List. Read about the NEW INTAKES 'stats that matter'

Some HEIs have not submitted their 2020 continuing students GPA to DHERST. Those institutions are not included in the TESAS list released by DHERST.

Download the 2021 Continuing Students List for HEIs

You can view or download the official list on DHERST website. Here is a quick download link >> DOWNLOAD NOW, PDF.

Some HEIs have not submitted their students' 2020 Continuing Students GPA lists for 2021 academic year. Students who are attending those institutions will expect delays in the Beginning of Year Travel and TESAS payments.

The students attending those institutions should call the Students' Admin for more information. 

2020 self-sponsored students who have secured a scholarship must make travel arrangements with their universities or higher institution. 

Recommended reading: How to Secure a Govt Scholarship - TESAS 2022

Re-admission and self-sponsored students

The advice from DHERST for students whose names are NOT on the list:

Be advised that students whose name do not appear on the list [ Continuing Students approved list] should consult your respective HEIs to confirm your progressive status for 2021. (DHERST, press release, 26/01/2021)

Why only 6861 Continuing Students on TESAS?

Here is what DHERST said about it...

"The number of applications for TESAS Awards with a qualifying minimum GPA level is typically greater than the number of available TESAS Awards.

It should be noted that some program admission requirements of institutions might include a different weighted consideration of grades and/or prerequisite subjects with minimum grades, due to their particular academic requirements. As such, Awardees are selected within program quotas on a merit basis. This means that not all applicants with a qualifying GPA level will receive an award." (DHERST, website)

Another reason is that the 2021 TESAS award list does not include some HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) who did not submit the students GPA to DHERST. And their students may not have been included in the official list released on the 26 of January 2021.

TESAS PNG Govt Scholarship Funds

TESAS selection continuing students

In a National Newspaper report, the secretary for higher education said that they only received K36 million (out of a K68 million required TESAS funding) for 2021. The question was why half of the required TESAS fund?

In 2020 the PNG govt, through DHERST, implement the students' assistantship scheme - the Higher Education Loan Program, or HELP. The same year, the govt allocated K220 million to fund HELP.

The higher education secretary said

... 6,637 students applied for HELP this year [2020] and K28,109,457 was paid by the Government.

How do students apply for HELP?

HELP APPLICATION FORM

HELP aims to enhance quality at higher education. The studentship program also aims to ensure access to the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are available to eligible students.

Firstly, students must demonstrate that they are enrolled in a registered institution in order to apply.

Students who wish to apply for this loan should complete the HELP Application Form. See your HEI/Student Admin for more info. That means all students (both continuing and new intakes) should register at a HELP participating institution.

Then, see your students admin/support staff and complete the application form. The respective HEIs will launch the forms, on your behalf, with DHERST and let you know of the outcome.

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