Visit the links below to access the Higher Education Loans Board Kenya – HELB Loan application forms and check your HELB loan status, disbursement and repayment in Kenya for all categories ie First-time Applicants, Postgraduate / Continuing Education, Scholarship Forms…etc
HELB Loan Application Requirements
Helb Applicants are required to have the following before applying for HELB loan:
- A copy of your National Identification card. HELB uses your ID No to identify an applicant. You will also use your national Id No when creating an account.
- A valid bank account. Students who qualify for loan awards will have their personal bank accounts credited before the beginning of each Semester. Students are advised to open accounts in the following collaborating banks:
- KRA pin from the Kenya Revenue Authority. The Pin helps the board to track its loanee’s. It is, therefore, an important element in the application process.
- Your Parent (s)/ guardian particulars. This includes name, marital status, level of education, source of income, employee details, current payslip, and employee No. (If employed).
- Your Parents Death certificate( If not existing).
- Copy of letter of admission to the university/college.
- Copies of two guarantors’ ID’s.
- Three Recent colored passport size photograph
HELB Application: First Time Undergraduate Helb Loan Application (Used in 2019/2020 Academic year)
The Higher Education Loans Board invites applications for the 2016-2017 First Time Undergraduate Loan from Kenyans admitted into Government of Kenya-Sponsored or Self-Sponsored Programs in Public or Private Universities in Kenya and the East African Community that are recognized by the Commission for University Education [CUE].
HELB Loan Application – Eligible students:
- Government of Kenya-Sponsored undergraduate Students placed by Kenya Universities & Colleges Central Placement Service and admitted by the universities.
- Direct Entry Undergraduate Self-Sponsored Students.
How to Apply for a HELB Loan – HELB Loan Application Guide / Instructions
- Applicants should access and fill the 2019/2020 First Time Undergraduate Loan Application Form [LAF] from the HELB website www.helb.co.ke.
- Print TWO copies of the duly filled Loan Application Form.
- Have the form appropriately filled, signed and stamped by the relevant authorities and guarantors.
- Sign the form and attach all the necessary documents as indicated in the checklist appearing on the last page of the LAF.
- Present the two copies of the LAF to one of the listed banks that you have opened an account with, for verification and insertion of your bank account details.
- Leave one copy of the LAF and all the attached support documents with the bank for free delivery to the Board OR drop it personally at the Board’s Office on 18th floor, Anniversary Towers OR in the following Huduma centers nearest to you:- Nairobi GPO, Kakamega, Eldoret, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Embu, Machakos, Kisii, Bungoma, Turkana, Meru and Kitui.
- Retain one copy of the duly filled LAF (Mandatory).
Please ensure that you read, understand and follow the instructions provided at the beginning of the online loan application process. The closing date for the loan application is September 30th, 2019.
For more information please contact:
The Chief Executive Officer/Board Secretary
Higher Education Loans Board at
HELB Website: http://www.helb.co.ke/
HELB Loan Application Forms
HELB Loans and Bursaries links, Click the links as follows:
Helb Loan Status – Helb Loan Disbursement Status
Helb Loan Repayment Status
HELB Loan Website: www.helb.co.ke and Contacts
Physical Address: University Way, Anniversary Towers, 18th Floor,
Postal Address: P.O. Box 69489 – 00400, NAIROBI, Kenya.
Tel: +254 711 052 000 020 2278000
I forgot the HELB student Login Password
If you have forgotten your HELB Student Login Password
- Visit this LINK
- Click on “Forgot Password?” link
- Enter your email address to reset your password
- An activation link will be sent to your registered email address where you will be prompted to change the password.
HELB Account Recovery/Update
The recovery form is for users who want to recover their HELB Students’ Portal Credentials or change their ID. No., email, or password.
To access the form:
- Click on “Unable to log in?” link in the https://portal.helb.co.ke/auth/signin
- Select ID. No. Or Email and Enter The Corresponding Value then click search
- A popup window will appear telling you to confirm If The Following Details Describe You
Phone No: ——-
Reg. No: ——–
- Click on the necessary option to proceed
- Complete the options in the new window and recovery details will be sent to your email address
HELB Loan E-mail Addresses:
Loan Repayment enquiries:- email@example.com
Employers forward monthly Loan repayment schedules:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Disbursement, Bursary and loan Awards Enquiries:– email@example.com
Apply for Advertised Jobs at HELB:- Jobads@helb.co.ke
Complaints should be channeled to firstname.lastname@example.org
HELB Loan: Helb awards loans to the following categories of students:
HELB Loan for Diploma and Certificate Students
Students pursuing Diploma and Certificate courses in Public universities, university colleges, public national polytechnics and Institutes of Technology and Technical Training institutes country-wide are eligible for TVET loan and bursary.
Orphans, single-parent students and others who come from poor backgrounds will be given priority for the loans and or bursaries.
HELB Loan for Undergraduate Government or Self Sponsored Students
Students pursuing undergraduate programs in public universities and university colleges are eligible to apply for Direct Entry Students Loans. These loans are for students joining public or private universities/colleges within the East African Community directly from high school either through the KUCCPS or as self-sponsored.
HELB Loan for Post Graduate students
HELB awards scholarships to postgraduate students pursuing their Masters or Doctoral studies. The award is based on academic merit. Scholarships are allocated to universities every year, based on the population of their student. The application period is April to July every year and the beneficiaries are announced before the beginning of the academic year in September. Applicants are required to pay a processing fee of kshs 3,000
About Higher Education Loans Board – HELB Kenya
The Higher Education Loans Board, HELB, is the leading financier of higher education in Kenya. It is a State Corporation under the then Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. HELB was established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 213A) in 1995. The mandate of the Board is to disburse loans, bursaries, and scholarship to students pursuing higher education in a recognized institution. HELB provides affordable loans bursaries and scholarship to Kenyans pursuing higher education. Key among the responsibilities of the Board is sourcing funds, establishing, managing and awarding loans bursaries and scholarships to Kenyans pursuing higher education in recognized institutions. Through the Act, the Board has been able to recover funds loaned out to Kenyans in the past.
History of Higher Education Loans Board and HELB Loan
The genesis of the Higher Education Loans Board dates back to 1952 when the then colonial government awarded loans under the then Higher Education Loans Fund [HELF] to Kenyans pursuing university education in universities outside East Africa notably Britain, USA, former USSR, India, and South Africa. Students who were pursuing university education in universities outside East Africa and were not on scholarships were advanced loans by the then government against securities such as Land Title Deeds, Insurance policies and Written Guarantees. However, by 1974, provision of education, in general, had expanded intensely as a result of the heavily subsidized primary and secondary education and the general yearning for education by most Kenyan families. Consequently, the number of students seeking university education had grown to the extent that it was becoming increasingly difficult to adequately finance university education by providing full scholarships and grants by the Government.
The Government, therefore, introduced the University Students Loans Scheme (USLS), which was managed by the Ministry of Education. Under the scheme, Kenyan students pursuing higher education at Makerere, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam universities received loans to cover their tuition and personal needs, which they would repay on completion of their education. However, the University Students Loans Scheme (USLS) was plagued with a number of problems right on the onset. It lacked the legal basis to recover matured loans from loanees. In addition, the general public and university students wrongly perceived that the loan was a grant from the government, which was not to be repaid.
In order to address this problem, in July 1995 the Government through an act of Parliament established the Higher Education Loans Board to administer the Student Loans Scheme. In addition, the Board is empowered to recover all outstanding loans given to former university students by the Government of Kenya since 1952 through HELF and to establish a Revolving Fund from which funds can be drawn to lend out to needy Kenyan students pursuing higher education. The establishment of a revolving fund was also expected to ease pressure on the exchequer in financing education, which currently stands at 40% of the annual national budget.
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Helb Loan Limits
The funding system that took effect on September 2017 will see a student studying dentistry get the highest funding, at Sh600,000, while the lowest funding, of Sh144,000 per year, will go to a student taking a Bachelors of Arts (General) degree course.
A student studying medicine will receive Sh576,000, while one taking veterinary medicine will receive Sh468,000. A student taking a pharmacy degree course will receive Sh432,000, engineering (Sh396,000), architecture (Sh384,000), built environment (Sh360,000) and agriculture (Sh324,000).
Students studying education (science) per year will get Sh288,000, science (Sh264,000), applied social science courses such as hospitality and tourism (Sh240,000), business and law (Sh216,000) and applied humanities (Sh180,000).
HELB NEWS UPDATES & HELB DEADLINES!
Undergraduate Subsequent Online Application for FY 2019/2020 is now open. The deadline is on 31st March 2019. Apply via www.helb.co.ke HELB Jielimishe Loan for civil servants who aspire to further their education is now open. Visit helb.co.ke/jielimishe to apply. To check your HELB status or access customer service, dial *642# First and subsequent TVET loan application has been closed. 2018/19 HELB loan disbursement for Sem Two (2) is ongoing. Loan appeals and reviews are open
How do HELB loans work?
The Higher Education Loans Board gives financial support for applicants who are going to take postgraduate or undergraduate studies. The aid is disbursed in the form of loans, bursaries or scholarships and must be repaid immediately after completion of one’s studies or at any other time which is stipulated in the HELB terms for a particular product (i.e. loan type). The primary purpose of helb students loans is to help needy students whose parents cannot afford expensive education. HELB loans are not intended for wealthy families and for students with no financial difficulties.
HELB eligibility – who can apply?
HELB loans are available to all Kenyan citizens who can service the loan immediately after its disbursement.
HELB products – HELB loans, HELB bursaries, and HELB scholarships
Higher Education Loans Board offers the following services and products to Kenyan citizens:
a) HELB loan
i. Diploma students loans (Technical, Vocational, Education and Training)
Can be obtained by individuals who pursue diploma courses in Institutes recognized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and are registered with KUCCPS.
ii. Undergraduate Students loans for:
Direct Entry Students (DES) – secondary school leavers who are planning to enter all sorts of universities within the states of East Africa either through the Kenya University Placement Board Services or as self-sponsored students. Loan interest is 4%p.a. Loans are available from Kes 37,000 to Kes 60,000.00 per year. Loan repayment is required after completion of undergraduate studies. HELB first time applicant needs to apply through helb student portal.
Continuing Education Students (CES)- employed students who want to enhance their academic qualifications by obtaining a degree. Loan interest is 12%p.a. Loans are available from Kes. 50,000 to Kes 100,000. The loans processing fee is Kes 2,000. Loan repayment is required immediately after disbursement (remitted to the educational institution as tuition fees). HELB application form for continuing students is available online on the helb co ke official website.
Postgraduate Students – students on Masters or Ph.D. programs who would like to finance their studies. The maximum loan sum is Kes 200,000.00 per year. The loans processing fee is Kes 2,000. Loan interest is 12% p.a.
b) HELB bursary
i. Undergraduate bursaries are awarded to undergraduate students who require financial support to study in the government-sponsored programs.
ii. Technical, Vocational, Education and Training Bursaries are awarded to undergraduate students who require financial support who pursue Diploma courses in TVET recognized Institutes.
c) HELB scholarships
HELB awards partial scholarships to Masters and Ph.D. applicants basing on their academic merit. The loans processing fee is Kes 3,000 which is paid upon submission of the form. HELB application form for HELB scholarships can found at www.helb portable.
HELB application forms for non-salaried applicants
- Undergraduate First Time Applicants
- Undergraduate Second and Subsequent
- Undergrad Loan Review/Appeals
- Constituency Loan Application Forms Embu
- Constituency Loan Application Forms Tinderet
- Constituency Loan Application Forms Naivasha
- Constituency Loan Application Forms Igembe
- Constituency Loan Application Forms Karachuonyo
- Constituency Loan Application Forms Awendo
- TVET for Tertiary Institutions
- TVET for Tertiary Institutions Second and Subsequent
- Afya Elimu Fund (AEF) Subsequent Loan Application
- First Time and Subsequent Afya Elimu Fund Pre-Service
- Visa Oshwal Scholarship.