The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) portal is currently open, allowing eligible students to apply for placement or revise their chosen courses until June 7, 2023 Deadline.
The application process is open for placement in various universities and TVET colleges across the country.
KUCCPS has announced that 2022 KCSE candidates can apply for placement in the 2023/24 intake using the 2021 cut-off points.
They stated on Twitter that the 2022 cut-off points would be provided after the placement process, but for now, the 2021 cut-off points will serve as a guide for the application. The results of the placement will be released after the course revision period.
A minimum grade of C+ is required for university admission. All courses are government-sponsored under the new university and TVETs funding model introduced by President William Ruto on May 3.
The primary objective of the new model is to ensure that students from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds have an equal opportunity to pursue higher education. They will receive higher financial support compared to students from more affluent families.
Ruto explained that starting this academic year, the government will allocate funding based on the level of need of each student.
In the 2023/24 financial year, 173,127 new students will join universities, while 145,325 students will enrol in TVET institutions.
There are 37 public universities eligible for government scholarships and Helb loans, and 30 private universities eligible for Helb loans only.
In addition, 189 public colleges registered as TVETs by the Ministry of Education are eligible for government scholarships and Helb loans.
27 public colleges under various other Ministries and seven TVET universities do not receive government sponsorship or Helb loans.
During the announcement of the new funding model, Ruto revealed that the budget for university education had been increased to Sh84.6 billion for the next intake, representing a 56 per cent increase from the current budget.
This includes Sh53 billion allocated for the budget and Sh31.6 billion for Helb loans.
As a result of this increment, the capitation per university student has been raised to Sh208,000, up from Sh152,000, while TVET students will be trained at the cost of Sh67,189 per year, down from Sh71,420.
However, funding will be distributed based on four levels of need: vulnerable, extremely needy, needy, and less needy.
Students from needy households joining universities will receive government scholarships covering up to 53 per cent of their education costs and loans of up to 40 per cent.
For students joining TVETs, government scholarships of up to 50 per cent and loans of up to 30 per cent will be available.
Parents will only be responsible for covering 7 per cent of the education costs for government-sponsored university students and 20 per cent for sponsored students in TVETs.