By Victoria N · Sep 29, 2023

Central Application Clearing House (CACH) applications are now open until from 31 March 2024. Students who matriculated from the year 2000 onwards and have not received firm offers from tertiary institutions are eligible to apply.

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CACH (Central Application Clearing House) is a government online system aimed at helping prospective students gain access to higher learning institutions in South Africa as well as other related opportunities. This online service was designed and introduced by the Department of Higher Education to bridge the gap between high school and tertiary level.

The Central Application Clearing House (CACH) service provides an opportunity to learners who have not yet received a place to study at higher education institutions. The system is helpful in a sense that it saves students from falling prey of scammers and fake higher learning institutions. CACH prides itself by working with legit and registered institutions.


CACH plays a huge role in assisting learners find SPACE in universities and colleges.

This is how CACH works:

1. You need to sign up with CACH, your personal details will be required including your ID number. You will be required to state the study choices/programmes you want to apply for.

2. Then CACH shares your information to universities, public colleges and private colleges. If there are courses available that you qualify for you will be offered a space. Basically the CACH system matches your grade 12 results with courses that still have places available.

3. Your information is also shared to SETA's for available learnerships subject that you qualify.

4. Where places exist and you meet the requirements, institutions will contact you to offer you an opportunity to study in their institution.

5. The system will send SMSs or e-mails to those that are made an offer for them to accept or reject the offer. Once the offer has been accepted, Institutions will directly contact those who accepted the offer.

6. For students who remain unclear about which career to follow, CACH provides referral service to career advice and information through DHET’s Khetha Career Development Service.


Who can apply for CACH?

The following prospective students can register on the CACH website: 

  • You must have completed Matric in 2000 or later
  • You must have a National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate
  • You must be planning to study at a University, University of Technology, TVET college or private college.
  • Prospective students who were previously rejected in universities and colleges.
  • Prospective students who have improved their NSC exam results and would like to apply to different institutions.
  • Matriculants who have not been accepted into a higher education institution


Do you pay for CACH?

The Central Application Clearing House (CACH) is a free service provided by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Applicants do not need to pay for application fee when applying for CACH.


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Benefits of using CACH:

  • CACH is a free service.
  • CACH makes it easy to apply to multiple institutions at once.
  • CACH increases your chances of being accepted into a higher education institution.
  • CACH can help you to find a place to study that is close to home or that offers the course that you want to study.
  • If you have not been accepted into a higher education institution, CACH is a great option to consider. It is a free and easy-to-use service that can help you to find a place to study.



  • Applying at CACH is easy, all you need is your cellphone to send through your application.
  • you can send CACH a text on WhatsApp on this number: 078 776 8660
  • Again you can email your name, surname, cell number and ID number to [email protected] and the CACH will call you back.

How to apply online for CACH:

  • You can apply online on the CACH website:
  • Click on LEARNER SIGN-UP”  in the green bar
  • Click on “Sign-Up Online NOW”
  • Enter your ID number (if you are a South African citizen) or passport number (if you are a foreign student)
  • You will then be required to fill in your personal details and contact details
  • Agree to the Terms & Conditions and submit your application
  • You will get a confirmation that your application has been submitted


How do I check my CACH status?

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Check if you have received any offers on the CACH website
You will need to provide your CACH number/ ID number/ passport number to check if you have received any offers

When do CACH applications close?

CACH applications close on the 31st of March 2024. Please note that signups after this date will NOT be accepted.
 If you are still unsure about what you want to study, you can also make use of CACH’s referral service for career advice and information through DHET’s Khetha Career Development Service.


CACH Contact Details:

For any queries related to this study service programme, please contact CACH directly:
Tel: 0860 690 722
Operating hours:
08h00 to 16h00

Available from 27 January 2024 to 31 March 2024 Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays.


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Does CACH really work?

The CACH service aims to match applicants' National Senior Certificate exam results (which is received directly from the Department of Basic Education) and study preferences with places that need to be filled. This service guarantees that applicant data will be made available to all possible institutions in the PSET system. However, they cannot guarantee that you will be offered a place.

Is CACH a bursary?

No, CACH is not a bursary. A bursary is a type of financial aid that is awarded to students to help them cover the costs of their education. CACH is a service that helps matriculants to find places to study, but it does not provide financial assistance.

If you are a CACH applicant and you are looking for financial assistance, you should research the different bursaries that are available. You can find information about bursaries on the websites of the Department of Higher Education and Training, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, and various organizations.

Which universities work with CACH?

All 26 public universities work with CACH. This includes:

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • North-West University
  • Sefako Makgatho University
  • University of South Africa
  • Sol Plaatje University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of Free State
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Zululand
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • University of North-West
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of South Africa
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of Venda
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • Wits University

Is CACH open for 2024?

CACH applications for 2024 are officially open for prospective students who are looking for space in universities, TVET colleges and private colleges. Grab the opportunity and apply now. Secure your space for 2024 academic year,

Is CACH legit?

Yes, CACH is a legitimate service. It is run by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). CACH has been in operation for over 20 years, and it has helped thousands of matriculants to find places to study. CACH is a free service, and it is easy to use. Matriculants simply need to create an account on the CACH website and submit their NSC exam results. They can then list their study preferences and indicate whether they are willing to relocate.

Which institutions work with CACH?

  • 26 Public Universities
  • 50 TVET Colleges
  • Private Colleges (not all private colleges participate in CACH).

To find out which private colleges work with CACH, you can visit the CACH website. The CACH website also has a list of the courses that are available through CACH.


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