List Of Requirements for University Scholarships, Bursaries & Loans in Kenya

Learn about Kenya's University Fund and its student-centered approach to funding higher education. Find out how you can apply for scholarships, bursaries, and loans.

Aug 2, 2023 - 23:50
Aug 2, 2023 - 15:35
List Of Requirements for University Scholarships, Bursaries & Loans in Kenya
List Of Requirements for University Scholarships, Bursaries & Loans in Kenya

Are you a student in Kenya aspiring to attend university but deterred by financial constraints? If so, your ambitions may be within reach, thanks to the Kenyan government's initiative to fund higher education.

Through a new paradigm of funding known as the University Fund, students are offered scholarships, bursaries, and loans based on their financial needs and academic performance. This article will guide you through the requirements and procedures to apply for these grants, making the process seamless.

The New Student-Centered Funding Model

The University Fund, established under Section 53 of the Universities Act of 2012, is a government agency with the mandate to provide financial relief to students pursuing education at public universities in Kenya.

The funding model, launched by President William Ruto, is designed to give every student an equal opportunity for a bright future. It is student-centered and increases access to higher education for all students, thereby bridging the education inequality gap in Kenya.

Funding is categorized into four bands: "vulnerable," "extremely needy," "needy," and "less needy." Vulnerable students, often living in extreme poverty without financial assistance, will be eligible for full government scholarships. On the other hand, students from low-income families who can't cover tuition are classified as "extremely needy."

This means-tested funding system considers various factors, including academic standing, the household income range, and the specific academic program in which the student is enrolled. Let's dive into the specific requirements and the application process.

Fulfilling the Necessary Documentation

For students interested in accessing these funding opportunities, the following documents are required:

  1. A valid email address and phone number are registered in the student's name.
  2. The KCPE and KCSE index numbers and the exam year.
  3. A passport-sized photo and a copy of your national ID.
  4. A college/university admission letter.
  5. Registered phone numbers and the national ID numbers of your parents.
  6. Death certificate if one of your parents passed away.
  7. IDs and registered phone numbers of two guarantors (for loan applications).
  8. A copy of the sponsorship letter if you were sponsored in secondary school.
  9. Your birth certificate.

How to Apply: A Step-by-Step Guide

Once you've gathered all the necessary documents, follow these steps to apply for funding:

  1. Visit the Higher Education Financing (HEF) portal at
  2. Register as a new user by filling in the required details.
  3. Apply for the relevant scholarship, bursary, or loan based on your needs and eligibility.
  4. Submit your application.

The application process is as straightforward as possible, allowing you to focus more on your academic journey than worrying about financial constraints.

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Navigating the New Era of Higher Education Funding

This comprehensive guide provides the information you need to navigate Kenya's new era of higher education funding. The current education funding paradigm marks a significant shift towards a more equitable system of funding higher education, aiming to alleviate financial strains and provide a fair chance to every Kenyan student.

Remember, every student deserves a fair chance at higher education. If you meet the requirements, don't let financial constraints hinder achieving your academic dreams.


  1. Who is eligible for the University Fund? Any student placed by KUCCPS in public universities and TVET students placed by KUCCPS in public TVET colleges.
  2. What is the deadline for the application? For the academic year beginning in September 2023, the application process starts on August 3rd, 2023, and ends on August 27th, 2023.
  3. Can students in private universities apply for funding? While they cannot apply for the government scholarship fund, they can apply for loans through HELB.
  4. How does the new funding model work? The model allocates loans, bursaries, and scholarships based on individual needs assessed through the Means Testing Instrument (MTI).
  5. What are the classifications of financial need? The classifications are "vulnerable," "extremely needy," "needy," and "less needy."
  6. What happens to students classified as "vulnerable" and "extremely needy"? These students qualify for 100% government funding from scholarships and loans.

Disclaimer: This article provides general advice and information about accessing scholarships, bursaries, and loans for higher education in Kenya. It needs to account for individual circumstances and reflect recent changes in rules and regulations. Always refer to the official government websites for the most accurate, up-to-date information.

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