First of all, congratulations for completing your four years at the secondary school level. You are a hero or heroine. Second, welcome to the next stage of your success. This is Campus or University.
Is your dream to join university and pursue a course of your dream? Good news is that the government of Kenya has you covered. You can pursue whatever course you dream of through government sponsorship. There are many courses that you can apply for and pursue them. For example, Medicine, Engineering, Actuarial science, Education, Arts, Law and so on.
In this article, we are going to look into details Government Sponsored Students Fee Structure in Kenya. You will learn how much the government pays for KUCCPS students. For those students who did not hit the entry grade/cluster, do not feel left out because there is hope for you. Government Sponsored Students Fee Structure.
Who are Government Sponsored Students?
These are students who get financial assistance from the government. They get finances from government implemented bodies such as Higher Education Loan Board (HELB) or Higher Education Financing (HEF). Yes, you did well. You managed to get a grade for joining university in Kenya, you are legible for government sponsorship.
The government scholarship or sponsorship is mainly for educational purposes. As mentioned above, students usually get this assistance as loans. This means that, when you are through we university and get a job, a certain percentage will be cut from your salaries.
In conjunction with governments such as that of the United States of America (USA), the Ministry of Education (MoE) get financial aid through the government to assist students who suffer from financial constraints.
Who Qualifies for Government Scholarships?
You can easily get a scholarship from the government if you meet the following requirements:
- You must be a Kenyan citizen. This means that you were born in Kenya and that your parents are Kenyan.
- You must have sat for KCSE examination and attained the required minimum grade to be considered for a scholarship by the government.
- You must be placed by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) to pursue crafts, diploma, undergraduate, certificate or artisan courses in Kenya.
- You must have attained 18 years of age to be eligible for governments sponsorship.
It is important to note that, government sponsored students must have been invited to pursue a course in universities that are accredited or are recognized by the Kenyan government. There are universities where some courses are not offered. Again, you cannot receive government money if the university you enroll for is not accredited.
You therefore can apply for a loan at Higher Education Loan Board (HELB) or visit Higher Education Financing (HEF). Carry with you the necessary documents such as KCPE and KCSE certificates, College or University admission letter. Ensure you have a working E-mail and a phone number.
How much does Government Pay for KUCCPS students?
If your application for the Higher Education Loan Board (HELB) or Higher Education Funds (HEF) is successful, you will enjoy 100% government funding. Note that the 100% scholarship is for students who are vulnerable and those who are extremely need and they cannot raise this amount.
For those students who are less needy or those thought needy, they will get 93% of the government funding. Importantly, these students will have to be deducted 7% of the fund to cater for the tuition costs.
Fee structure for government Sponsored Students
The following is the breakdown for government sponsored fees structure. You must not that, the money is not paid though cash, it must be paid at the bank, you must have the school account number and the program number which you have enrolled for. For example, ED/1045/05.
- Tuition fee KSH 16,000-26,000 per semester
- Registration fee KSH 500
- Examination fee KSH 3,000
- Medical fee KSH 2,000
- Identity Card KSH 500
- Computer fee KSH 3,000
- Student fee KSH 500
- Caution money KSH 2,000
This will total up to KSH 28,500 for first years (Yr.1) first semester (SEM. 1). When you pay the amount, you are good to go.
Can Self Sponsored Students get government Scholarships?
No. Self Sponsored Students are not eligible for governments scholarship. This includes students from private universities. However, they can apply for loans from the Higher Education Loan Board (HELB).
New University Students Fee structure
The payment model for fee at the university has been revised and posted at the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS). Fees has been hiked and students will be forced to pay huge amount as compared to these other years. For students who are joining universities, luck is not on their side. They will be forced to pay fees amount ranging from KSH 100,000 to 600, 000 when joining public universities.
How to get Government Sponsorships
The following are steps you will need to follow to apply for a government sponsorship in kenya:
- Apply online through KUCCPS student’s portal, students.kuccps.net. You can access it from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services website, www.kuccps.ac.ke.
- Submission for university application is done online. Ensure that you can access a good mobile phone, a computer or a tablet and good internet.
- Submission can be done through KUCCPS offices in Nairobi, Anniversary Towers or through Google Playstore.
When you log in, ensure you follow all the steps to completion for you to apply for the university of your choice. All the best, Comrade.
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