The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) on Sunday, July 23 announced that students enrolling in universities in September 2023 have a one-week window to apply for funding.
According to a HELB official who spoke to media houses, this opportunity was available only to students who had previously applied but had their applications canceled by the board on Thursday, July 6.
As a result, those students who had not made an earlier application would not be eligible for government funding during the 2023/2024 academic year.
“Since we had already verified their details, once we get funding they do not have to go through the whole process,” HELB clarified why first-time applicants were using the subsequent option.
The decision to use this option for first-time applicants was because their details were already being verified hence saving them from going through the entire application process again.
The official urged students with university placements to submit their applications as soon as possible, with the application portal set to close on Monday, July 31.
Initially, HELB had canceled the allocation for first-year students citing financial constraints. Meanwhile, continuing students had already been allocated funds and were instructed to await disbursement.
On Saturday, July 22, President William Ruto pledged that needy students enrolling in universities in September would receive full funding from the government.
Ruto further mentioned that students from financially capable families would be eligible for a scholarship covering between 20-30 percent of their tuition fees.