How to Apply for HELB Bursary (Link + Guide)

How to Apply for HELB Bursary (Link + Guide)

HELB (Higher Education Loans Board) is a government department that offers loans, bursaries, and scholarships for Kenyan higher education students. The loans are designed to help disadvantaged students achieve their dreams of finishing their education and starting a career. If you are looking to apply for a HELB bursary, here is what you need to know:

How to Apply for HELB Bursary

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a HELB bursary, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen.
  2. Be enrolled in a recognized institution of higher learning in Kenya.
  3. Demonstrate financial need.
  4. Meet the minimum academic requirements set by HELB.

HELB Bursary Required Documents

When applying for a HELB bursary, you will need to provide the following documents:

  1. A copy of your national ID card.
  2. Copies of your parents’ national ID cards or death certificates if they are deceased.
  3. Copies of both guarantors’ national ID cards.
  4. A copy of your admission letter and KCSE result slip/certificate.
  5. A copy of your bank ATM/bank card (for government-sponsored students only).
  6. A copy of your smart card from the institution.
  7. One recent colored passport-size photograph of yourself.

HELB Bursary Application Deadlines

The application period for HELB loans and scholarships usually opens in May and closes in July of each year. However, the deadline for applications may be extended, so it is important to check the HELB website or social media pages for updates.

HELB Bursary Selection Process

HELB bursaries are awarded based on financial need, and priority is given to needy and disadvantaged applicants such as orphans, single families, families experiencing financial hardships, etc. The selection process is competitive, and not all applicants will receive a bursary.

HELB Bursary Application Procedure

To apply for a HELB Bursary, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the HELB website or to access the student portal and click on “register” to create an account.
  2. Confirm whether you have your national ID and enter your ID number. Enter your KCSE index number if you don’t have a national ID.
  3. Enter a valid email address and password and click “register”.
  4. Fill in the HELB application form correctly and submit it.

It is recommended that students prudently manage their HELB loans once disbursed to cater for tuition, books, stationery, accommodation, and subsistence. Students are advised to desist from diverting the funds to leisure or other family obligations.

In conclusion, applying for a HELB bursary can be a great way to finance your higher education in Kenya. Make sure to check the eligibility criteria, required documents, application deadlines, and selection process before applying. Good luck!

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