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GOVERNMENT RELEASES KSH3.9 BILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
Nairobi, Saturday, 2nd December 2023
GOVERNMENT RELEASES KSH3.9 BILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR
FIRST YEAR STUDENTS IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
The Government has released KSh3.9 Billion as the first tranche financing to cover
scholarships for Government-sponsored first-year students in public universities under
the New Higher Education Funding Model.
Beneficiaries of the scholarships are those who successfully made their applications
through the Higher Education Financing portal (www.hef.co.ke) that was launched on
the 31st of August 2023.
A total of 115,892 First Year students had successfully applied for scholarships by 29th of
November 2023.
The Universities Fund will disburse the Sh3.9 Billion directly to individual universities for
the successful applicants to cover their tuition fees based on the student’s individual need
under the New Funding Model.
All Universities will receive the scholarship portions for their respective students by 4th
December 2023.
The release of the scholarship amount brings to Ksh9.2 Billion the amount of money the
Government has so far released to first year students under the New Higher Education
Funding Model that His Excellency President William Ruto launched on May 31, 2023.
Early this month, the Government, through the Higher Education Loans Board, disbursed
Ksh5.3 Billion for loans to the First Year students.
The allocation of funds to students was based on a reliable scientific method, Means
Testing Instrument (MTI), used to determine the student’s level of financial need, to
ensure they are supported adequately. First year students who sat the Kenya Certificate
of Secondary Education Examination in 2022 are the first cohort to benefit from the new
model.
The Ministry of Education wishes to express the Government's unwavering commitment
to promoting access to university education, and providing financial support to all
deserving students, to ensure no one is left behind.
HON. EZEKIEL MACHOGU, CBS
CABINET SECRETARY,
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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