2024 Non-School Leavers Application Form Updates

This post provides information relating to the 2024 Non-School Leavers Application Form (NSL) application forms for the six Papua New Guinea universities.

Recently, PNG Insight received an overwhelming request for the non-school leavers’ (NSL) application forms. The post aims to give feedback on the requests of the visitors on the PNG Insight Blog.

Note that some of the universities (see the list below) have uploaded the NSL application forms on their websites at the time of this post. The main universities have updated their websites by uploading the Non-School Leavers Application Form.

University links to 2024 non-school leavers application form

The 2024 non-school leavers’ application forms for the 6 PNG universities (UPNG, UoG, Unitech, DWU, UNRE and PAU) are downloadable in PDF format. Click on the links to get more information about the NSL application forms for the six PNG universities.

  1. Divine Word University (DWU) Madang
  2. PNG University of Technology (UNITECH) Lae
  3. Pacific Adventist University (PAU)
  4. University of Goroka (UoG), E.H.P
  5. University of Papua New Guinea Port Moresby
  6. University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE)

If you urgently need the 2024 Non-School Leavers Application Form for UPNG, UNRE or UoG, contact the university admins directly. You can get in touch by calling, emailing or visiting them.

Teacher training institution applicant info

This information is for NSL applying to the teachers’ training institutions in the country.

In particular, NSLs wanting to apply to teacher’s colleges will find the post useful. Important details for NSL applicants – such as application process, dates and application fees – are provided for the non-school leavers.

The education secretary’s circular to the heads of teachers’ training institutions and governing council stated that the ‘non-school leaver form is a standard form and will be made available to applicants on request.

A vetting committee must verify the following information on all applications:

  • Grade 10 and 12 certificates are from recognised schools and matriculation centres;
  • The applicants must have left school in the last 5 years. For example, 2024 non-school leaver applicants must complete Grade 12 between 2017 and 2021;
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.4 and a B grade or above in English or Mathematics; and
  • Matriculation students must have their official certificates stamped and signed.

In anticipation of launching a strong application, consider the important details before applying to a teacher training institution.

Especially, take note of the 2020 dates and application fees for NSL applying to a teacher training institution in the country.

 Dates for non-school leaver application forms for teacher colleges

The dates below are guides for applicants for teachers’ colleges in the country. The dates are about the same year on year so if you are going to apply, make sure you mark these dates in your yearly planner.

  • Closing Date for the NSL application late July
  • First vetting (Teacher Institutions/colleges) mid to late August
  • Second vetting (Teacher Education, Waigani) early to mid-September
  • Education Secretary endorsement mid-November
  • Publication of the NSL acceptance list in early December

Teacher Colleges NSL application fee

The application fee is set by the PNG Department of Education. The education department recommends that NSL applications should NOT exceed K50, usually non-refundable.

The education secretary, after the first and second vetting, endorses the selection list of non-school leavers. And, informs the head of the teachers’ college or publishes the list in the media around December of every year.

Presently, the education personnel in the provinces especially the head of training institutions, chairpersons of governing councils, Guidance Officers and other key education officers will have relayed the information to students.

Non-school leavers categories

The NSL apply directly to universities of their choice. For those who may not know, here are the various groups of NSLs.

  • Diploma students wanting a degree program at university.
  • Grade 12 students with good marks, but missed out on uni selections in the last 5 years.
  • Also, Grade 12 students upgrade their marks and meet the national matriculation requirements mentioned above.
  • Grade 10 students doing Grades 11 and 12 at university centres.
  • Pacific Islanders and other nationals.

School leavers applications

The school leavers are the current Grade 12 students. The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) deals with SL applications for university placements.

In the past, the Grade 12 students used to complete the *manual* School Leavers Forms (SLFs). Schools in the country send the students’ SLF to Port Moresby. There, the selectors from universities select their first-year students.

In fact, the completion of SLF changed in 2017 when DHERST started doing online SLF.

The DHESRT is implementing online SLF and online selection. The national high, international and secondary schools only guide students with their university choices online. This is followed by the selection which is also done electronically.

The grade 12 students will get the results online, unlike in the past when the university selection list was published in print media.


The information for non-school leavers appeared on PNG Insight Blog. The comments on the original post indicated the need for universities to update their admission web page promptly.

Recommended reading: Students Information: GPA for PNG Universities

PNG Insight is an independent website focusing on providing information relating to education and development. Share the information about the 2024 NSL application forms and process if you find it helpful.

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. Joe Kapi

    Any update for UPNG Non School leavers acceptance list for School of Business and Public Policy.

  2. Samson Kavi

    Any update on the acceptance name list for Goroka Technical College 2020?

  3. Eddie

    Thanks very much.

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