HELB Starts Student Funding  Disbursement

HELB Starts Student Funding Disbursement

HELB Starts Student Funding Disbursement

Students in various educational institutions have been enrolled in classes for the  newly started academic year for the past two weeks. Many students applied for loans and academic grants from the Higher Education Loans Board  (HELB) before the semester began. To give enough time for processing, verification, allocation, and eventual payout,  qualifying applicants should submit their loan applications at least one month  before the start of their first semester of study.

14 days prior to the start of the semester, qualified applicants can anticipate receiving their loan payment, which runs from 37,000 to 60,000 (depending on their qualifications). The board’s intended operations, however, have been derailed by unforeseen difficulties.

Due to this circumstance, student leaders from various institutions have begun to push for quicker HELB loan disbursement, including former University of Nairobi student leader and current Member of Parliament for Embakasi East Babu Owino and Kenya University Students Organization (KUSO) President Anthony Manyara. If the board keeps delaying, they have even vowed to demonstrate in front of the HELB offices.

The allocation for HELB funds was recently increased by the government from 15 billion to 30 billion, increasing the board’s financial capacity to assist more deserving and eligible students. The success of President William Ruto’s education plan is important to him.

The government has also pledged its full support for the new University funding model, ensuring that all students, regardless of gender, tribe, or age, have access to quality education through funding. Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has assured that all funding applicants will be accommodated.As of today, many applications show a “Disbursement in progress” status, indicating a successful application that has undergone all authenticity stages, including registration, verification, and allocation. What remains is for HELB to credit the amount to the respective bank accounts.

Most continuing students, who make up about three-quarters of applicants, have batch numbers. The other three batches are anticipated to be paid soon after Batch 5026, which  was paid last week. As these procedures are finished, students are asked to be patient. Students who are having trouble applying for loans are urged to stop by their local  Huduma Center or the HELB offices at Nairobi’s Anniversary Towers. They can also reach HELB via email at or by phone at 0711052000.

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