Higher Education Loans Board provides loans to Kenyan students that have successfully proceeded to campus from high school. This loan ranges from about Ksh.35,000 to 60,000 per year, depending on the economic background of the applicant. It is therefore important that you as a student apply for the loan that will support you for the next four-six years of your higher education. Here is the HELB Loan Application Process; A Complete Guide.
The first thing that you should consider is to keep yourself updated on whether the online application is open or not. Information is key and having the right piece of knowledge keeps you ahead of others. You see, in the year 2021, several students missed their HELB loan awards despite filling successful applications through the online portal. While you can’t be certain of the criteria used to award students with loans, a good way to avoid missing the loan is to always be an early applicant. Remember the early bird catches the worm.
Secondly, you must ensure that you have some basic computer/digital literacy skills so that you can successfully apply for the loan. Another good option is to have someone who understands how to apply for such the loan. This article will be a quick guide on how to successfully apply for the HELB loan this year. Note that all information provided here is from the Higher Education Loans Board website. Keep visiting their site for the latest updates on applications.
There are two types of applications
- First Time Application – this is mainly for high school leavers or anyone else who has never applied for HELB loan before.
- Second/Subsequent application – this application is for continuing students, those in their 2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th or 6th year of study.
- Search HELB Student Portal in your browser or directly navigate to their website through the link provided here. Once there, create an account by clicking on register. You will need your own personal email for these as you will be getting updates through the email. The most reliable email addresses are of Gmail. No need of looking for fancy email companies. For instance, yahoo mail is prone to spam. Be simple!
- Once you create your account, log in and select the appropriate Undergraduate First Time Loan Application Form. This process is quite straight forward.
- You will be provided with notes and high yield notes that aim to teach you some basic financial literacy skills. Many people like shortcuts. Therefore, make sure to take screenshots of the notes as you will be required to answer some questions after the brief notes. The questions are usually 10. Be prepared for that. They are, however, pretty easy to answer. If you cannot answer them, look for someone with experience to guide you through. You can also choose to download our free pdf guide attached after point 6 in this list.
- Access and fill the online loan application form. In the previous years, application was both online and offline, with hard copies of your application forms submitted to the nearest Huduma center. However, all the steps nowadays are online, making the application easier. Make sure to confirm this from your portal as rules may change anytime.
- Attach all relevant documents listed in the website such as a copy of your national ID, your parents’ or guardians’ pay slips. Submit your application and wait for a response from the Higher Education Loans Board. This may take some time. Be patient!
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Here are Your Priority Requirements
- Your National Identity card.
- Copies of your parents’ National ID Cards or death certificate where the parent is deceased.
- Copies of both guarantors’ National ID Card
- A copy of your admission letter and KCSE result slip/certificate
- A copy of your Bank ATM/Bank card (for Government sponsored students only)
- One recent colored passport size photograph of the applicant.