The University Fund has published a list of requirements for 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) students who wish to apply for government funding under the new model.
The fund’s leadership announced the new guidelines and noted that the underlying paradigm is a student-centered strategy for increasing access to higher education for all students.
The University Fund provides students various financial aid options, such as scholarships, loans, and bursaries.
Loans are available to students who meet specific financial criteria, while scholarships are given to students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance but need financial assistance.
The quantum of funding granted to a student by the institution is contingent on various factors, including the student’s academic performance, financial exigency, and the specific academic program in which they are enrolled.
Established under Section 53 of the Universities Act of 2012, the University Fund operates as a government agency with the mandate to provide financial relief to students pursuing education at public universities in Kenya.
1. A valid email address, which will be used to sign up an account for the purposes of uploading and submitting documents.
2. A valid phone number that is in the student’s name and is active at the time of application for the loan.
3. KCPE and KCSE index numbers and year of examination.
4. Passport-size photo, which will be uploaded to the account.
5. Copy of your National ID (for loan application).
6. College/University admission letter.
7. Parents’ registered telephone number.
8. Your parents’ national ID number.
9. Death certificate if any of your parents are deceased.
10. Two guarantors’ ID numbers and registered telephone numbers (for loan application).
11. A Copy of the sponsorship letter if you were sponsored in Secondary school.
12. Your birth certificate
The model is created based on four factors: the choice of the program, the household income range, affirmative performance, and government priority areas.
Students will be categorized as either “vulnerable,” “extremely needy,” “needy,” or “less needy” under the new system.
Students in extreme poverty with no other means of financial support will be eligible for full government scholarships under the vulnerable category.
Students from low-income backgrounds who have limited financial resources to pay their tuition fees at various colleges and universities around the country are considered to be extremely needy.
To be considered financially needy, a student must come from a middle-income family, where the primary breadwinner needs to earn more money to support all of the children’s educational costs.