University students will now be required to apply for higher education loans and scholarships on an annual basis.
During a meeting with the National Assembly Education Committee, University Funds CEO Geoffery Monari explained that this change aims to identify eligible university students and facilitate responsible budget planning, particularly for cases where students change their courses.
Monari emphasized the significance of this requirement, noting instances where students might have changed their circumstances or even passed away during the course of their studies.
“It’s vital for us to stay informed about the status of these students in the universities,” Monari stated.
“We also need to assess whether any changes occurred while they were enrolled. Sometimes, a student’s family situation might have changed, prompting us to review the categories under which they receive scholarships and loans.” He further elaborated.
Students who lack National Identity Cards must apply for scholarships and loans using their KCSE index number and birth certificate.
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu clarified that the provision of loans is a contractual arrangement between the Higher Education Loans Board and the student.
He cited legal constraints on contracts with minors, therefore loans for students without Identity Cards will only be disbursed once they provide their Identity Cards.
Upon categorization under the New Funding Model, students will receive scholarships that will be directly sent to their respective universities or colleges.
Machogu also mentioned that universities and colleges have been duly informed about the revised arrangement and are expected to admit students promptly.
HELB CEO Charles Ringera stated that students will be informed of their categorization next week, allowing them to determine their applicable fee amounts.