Students Apply for Tertiary Study Online

The pressure of being a Grade 12 student is not only to sit for the final examinations but also making the choice of which tertiary institution and program for further studies to take - which is why the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) is taking steps to ease this load with the National Online Application System (NOAS).

The system, which went live on August 23, will allow students to apply for further studies anywhere with an internet connection and there are additional features that was not available on the previous paper-based School Leaver Form (SLF). These include up to 5 preferential choices for institution and programs, program matching and more time to make decisions with an added bonus of being able to change preferences after the final examination results are made available.


In previous years, students had only two preferences with a third option being the selector’s choice. However, that has been done away with and the number of preferences has been raised to five.

The programs are also matched and filtered according to a student’s subject combination. Students will not be able to see all the programs available at the tertiary level but only those that meet their subject combination. This allows them to apply only for their appropriate programs increasing their chances of making it into a tertiary institution.

The new system also gives more time for students to think about their preferences and according to the department’s Deputy Secretary for Operations, Steven Matainaho, students would also be given a ‘grace period’ after the results of their final examinations to view and change their preferences.

Meanwhile, the Department has been invited by some schools to conduct awareness about the system. The Department has already visited 10 schools within the National Capital District (NCD), five in the Central Province, three in Southern Highlands and one in Enga with more schools to be visited in the coming weeks.

Awareness was also done during the 2018 NCD /Central Career Expo at Port Moresby National High School recently.

For more information about the online application or how to invite the DHERST team to conduct awareness, contact the Student Support team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (+675) 3012040.