Students Sensitized On HELB Scholarships And Loans
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Students Sensitized On HELB Scholarships And Loans

Photo: Form four leavers from Uriri Sub County during a KUCCPS and HELB sensitisation exercise at Uriri Boy’s High School.

Students, parents, and education stakeholders in Uriri Sub County, Migori County have undergone a sensitization forum on how to apply for HELB loans and scholarships organized by the Uriri Member of Parliament, Mark Nyamita under the new funding model that will see students from vulnerable and extremely needy households receiving 100 percent funding and a partly 7 percent contribution from their households to cover the tuition fees. 

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) Official Collins Sabato said that the sensitization forum will enable the form four leavers to apply for their carrier choices as per their KCSE performance as well as the HELB scholarships and loans. The official clarified that the HELB scholarship and loan will cover a large part of the college fees but guardians will have to top-up to complete the fee depending on the needs of the students. 

Sabato also clarified that those students that applied for private University slots will only be eligible for HELB loans but not scholarships.

“HELB scholarship will only be available to students that applied for public university slots. The HELB scholarship is like a bursary and the benefiting students will not pay it back”, disclosed Sabato. 

He also disclosed that those students that did not apply for KUCCPS placement should do so through a formal letter requesting for the placement addressed to the KUCCPS CEO for consideration.

“This is a new process of applying for university-college fees and it was important for the students to understand the process in order to make informed choices and the right process of doing things,” said Oduor.

The official affirmed that the Uriri CDF will work jointly with the HELB team and make informed choices on how based to award bursaries to the students.

Flavian Biance, a student and a beneficiary of the forum said that the sensitization exercise will enable her to make informed choices when applying for the HELB scholarship and loan. Biance emphasized that the forum will enable the majority of students waiting to join various universities to be aware of what they are supposed to be doing in order to qualify for full HELB scholarships and loans.

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