The Universities Fund was established under section 53 of the Universities Act, 2012 for financing Universities in Kenya. The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees known as the Universities Funding (UF) which has been in operation since 2016. The function of the Trustees is to generally manage the Universities Fund.
The specific functions of the Trustees are to: advise the Cabinet Secretary in matters of University Education Financing; develop a fair and transparent criterion for allocation of funds to Universities.
Government Funding Eligibility
All Universities accredited by the Commission for University Education (CUE) are eligible for government funding. Universities with letters of interim authority are also eligible for funding. The Universities that benefit from this funding must offer training and research programmes that are approved by CUE and are aligned to the national priority areas as expressed by government policy from time to time.
The following are the categories of students eligible for government funding in accredited universities in Kenya:
- Students who after sitting for KCSE are placed by KUCCPS to pursue undergraduate degrees in accredited public and private universities and take up their admissions in the year of placement. Students in undergraduate programmes qualify for funding approved duration of the programmes which varies from 4 to 5 years depending on the degree programme.
- Students who are placed by KUCCPS to pursue undergraduate degrees in public and private universities upon completion of Diploma programmes recognized by the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA).
- Students who are placed in Masters Programmes by KUCCPS and/or admitted by Universities are eligible for funding for a maximum duration of two years.
- Students who are placed in Doctorates programmes by KUCCPS and/or admitted by Universities are eligible for funding for a maximum duration of 3 years.
CHECKLIST FOR APPLICATION FOR SCHOLARSHIP AND LOAN
- A valid email address.
- Valid telephone number (must be registered in your name to apply for a loan).
- KCPE and KCSE index numbers and year of examination.
- Passport size photo.
- Copy of your National ID (for loan application).
- College/University admission letter.
- Your birth certificate
- Your parents’ registered telephone number.
- Your parents’ national ID number.
- Death certificate if any of your parent is deceased.
- Two guarantors’ ID numbers and registered telephone numbers (for loan application).
- Copy of the sponsorship letter if you were sponsored in Secondary school.