HELB opens loan/scholarship portal to students today

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HELB CEO Charles Ringera. The agency opened the application portal for loans and scholarships today.

The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has today opened the application portal for loans and scholarships to undergraduate and Technical Vocation and Education Training Institutions (TVETS) students.

HELB announced this on its official X account (formerly Twitter), saying the exercise will target only students admitted to universities and TVET applying for funding for the first time.

“If you’re a first-time applicant starting off the journey of your dreams; the New Funding Model loans and scholarships are here to fuel your dream. Applications are now open,” HELB said.

The agency said applicants will be required to have a valid email address and telephone number, KCPE and KSCE index numbers, year of examination when applying, passport size photo in jpeg/jpg format, copy of National ID or Maisha Card (both sides in PDF), and valid bank details or valid MPESA number (registered under the applicant’s name and ID number) or Birth Certificate in PDF if applying as a minor.

Candidates who were sponsored in secondary school will be required to present a copy of the sponsorship letter in PDF format.

Applicants will also be required to make available their parents or guarantors’ (who can also be parents) national identification cards and registered telephone numbers.

In case the parents are deceased, the applicants will be required to present copies of the Death Certificate in PDF format.

Applicants can click on this link: www.hef.co.ke to apply.

The move comes a few days after Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu announced that the  process would kick off on June 17 after its postponement from June 15 due to Eid ul-Adha celebrations.

Under the student-centered funding model, the government revealed that the funding is in form of scholarships, loans, and parents/guardians’ contribution.

Parents and guardians are advised to review the results by the end of next month so that they can know the amount the government has allocated their children.


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