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Answers to 14 most asked questions about gov't uni & TVET scholarships

As with every major change, the rollout of the government's new university education financing model has resulted in confusion among parents and students

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu at the 46th Annual conference of the Kenya Secondary Heads Association (KESSHA) at Sheikh Zayed Hall in Mombasa on June 28, 2023

The Ministry of Education has begun rolling out the new university financing model that was proposed by the Presidential Working Party on Education reforms.

This guide aims to address the common queries that students and parents might have regarding the new financing model and government scholarships.

Whether you're a prospective university student or a concerned parent, this resource will provide you with valuable insights into how these scholarships work, their eligibility criteria, application processes, benefits, and much more.

In this article you will find answers to your questions and gain a clearer understanding of how government scholarships can support your educational journey.

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Frequently asked questions about Higher Education Financing, government scholarships, loans and bursaries.

1. What is the difference between the former university grant and the new Higher Education Government Student Scholarship?

The Higher Education Government Student Scholarship is a financial assistance programme provided to learners in public universities and TVET institutes.

Funded through government resources, this scholarship aims to support students pursuing undergraduate, diploma, craft certificate and artisan education. The scholarship is based on the actual cost of the programme and the student's financial needs.

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2. Who qualifies for the Scholarship?

To be eligible for the scholarship, one must be Kenyan and a 2022 KCSE examination candidate for university learners.

A student must have been placed by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to pursue an undergraduate, diploma, craft certificate or artisan course at one of Kenya's accredited public universities or TVET colleges.

The scholarship application is open to students who sat their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination from 2022 onwards. A student can apply for this government scholarship at any stage of their academic programme.

3. Can a student apply for a loan and scholarship in the same year?

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Yes. Loans and scholarship awards will be categorized differently. A vulnerable student will get 82 per cent scholarship and 18 per cent loan of the cost of the programme.

An extremely needy learner will get 70 per cent scholarship and 30 per cent loan of the cost of the course while a needy learner will get 53 per cent scholarship, 40 per cent loan and seven per cent household of the cost of the programme.

Lastly, a less needy learner will get 38 per cent scholarship, 55 per cent loan and seven per cent family of the cost of the course to be pursued.

4. Can students below 18 years apply for the scholarship?

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Minors - individuals who have not attained 18 years of age - who sat their KCSE examination last year and have been placed by KUCCPS in a public university or TVET college can apply for the Higher Education Government Student Scholarship.

Once the individuals reach 18, they will be required to update their profiles to continue benefiting from the government scholarship and loan.

5. Is it a must for a student to apply for the Higher Education Government Student Scholarship?

It is not mandatory. It is advisable to only apply for the scholarship if you need government financial assistance.

6. What are the steps one needs to follow when applying for a Government Student Scholarship?

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To apply for a government student scholarship, visit www.hef.co.ke. Remember also to keep an eye on official communication channels and updates from the Universities Fund, the HELB and KUCCPS for announcements regarding application details and deadlines.

Prepare the required documents, including academic records, personal details, student's residential and educational background.

If necessary, gather letters of recommendation to support your application. Ensure you have the necessary documents available, including the "Consent to Collect Personal Data" form.

7. Are Government Student Scholarships based on financial need, merit or both?

The scholarship is based on the financial needs of the applicant and academic merit. One must be placed by KUCCPS to a public university or TVET institute to apply.

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8. Is the application for the Government Student Scholarship a one-off for a leaner

throughout the degree?

For you to get the Government Student Scholarships, you must apply through www.hef.co.ke and submit an application every year for the course duration.

9. What happens if one receives less than the Government Student Scholarship award applied/or?

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An individual may appeal or request a review of their Government Student Scholarships award if they were not satisfied with the amount given. This includes unsuccessful scholarship applications.

10. Can a foreigner apply and receive the Government Student Scholarship?

No, this scholarship is restricted to Kenyans only. International students should check with their institutions, governments or financial aid offices to determine if they are eligible for other scholarships.

11. How can a student use the Government Student Scholarship fund?

This Government Student Scholarship fund takes care of the tuition fees. These funds will be disbursed directly to the university or college the applicant is undertaking their studies.

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12. Can the Government Student Scholarship affect other forms of financial assistance to the learner?

Yes. If a student is fully funded by another agency, individual or institution, the government Student Scholarship cannot provide a scholarship to the same student since it will lead to over-funding.

Students are expected to fully disclose agencies sponsoring them and the amounts applicable for their sponsorship. Non-disclosure may lead to withdrawal or cancellation of the scholarship.

13. Are there any requirements or responsibilities for Student Government Scholarship recipients?

Beneficiaries of the Government Student Scholarship are required to complete their studies within the stipulated course/programme duration. Any extended study duration cost will not be catered for by the scholarship.

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Secondly, the students will be required to give accurate information to assist in the award of the scholarships.

14. Will a student need a guarantor to be eligible for the Government Scholarship?

No guarantors are needed.

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