How to Apply for New Funding Model (NFM)

How to Apply for New Funding Model (NFM) for Higher Education Financing

New Funding Model[NFM] was unveiled by the President of the Republic of Kenya on 3rd May 2023 to address the challenges that public universities and TVET colleges were enduring which were attributed primarily on massive enrolment and inadequate funding. The funding model is student centered and loans and bursaries will be apportioned to students based on their assessed level of need. The universities and TVET will no longer receive block funding in the form of capitation. The funding to students shall combine scholarship, loans and household contributions on a graduated scale as determined Means Testing Instrument [MTI]. Students from extremely needy and vulnerable backgrounds will pay nothing to colleges and universities.

Key Players in New funding Model

  1. Higher Education Loans Board: For Provision of Loans and Bursaries to students enrolled in TVET Colleges and Universities [Public and Private]
  2. Universities Fund: Provision of Undergraduate Scholarship to Government Sponsored Students enrolled in Public Universities
  3. Kenya Universities and Colleges Placement Service: For placement of Students in their desired and qualified courses upon application
  4. State Department of Technical Education: Provision of TVET scholarships
  5. Higher Learning Institutions-The recipients of loans and scholarships awarded to students inform of fees
  6. Parents: To support household’s contributions.
  7. General Public

Reasons for the NFM (Why NFM)

  1. Address myriad facing challenges facing universities.
  2. Ensures that eligible Kenyans students are provided with adequate education financial support
  3. The Vulnerable and Extremely needy students are assured of affordable education because they pay nothing.
  4. Promotes equity and access to higher education; every applicant gets something depending on their level of need and degree of vulnerabilities.
  5. Students are now required to apply for scholarships as opposed to uniform awards even to affluent households.
  6. Has implemented fees payment as actual cost of the program. Saves the universities from financial constraints

Eligibility

Undergraduate Students placed by KUCCPS in 2022 in Public Universities .TVET students placed by KUCCPS in 2022 in Public TVET Colleges

Requirements for application (UG & TVET)

  1. A valid email address
  2. Valid telephone number (must be registered in your name to apply for a loan)
  3. KCPE and KCSE index numbers and year of examination
  4. Passport size photo
  5. Copy of your National ID (for loan application)
  6. College/University admission letter
  7. Your parents’ registered telephone number
  8. Your parents’ national ID number
  9. Death certificate if any of your parent is deceased.
  10. Your birth certificate.
  11. Two guarantors’ (Can be your parents) ID numbers and registered telephone numbers (for loan application)
  12. Copy of the sponsorship letter if you were sponsored in Secondary school.

How to Apply for New Funding Model (NFM) 2023-2024

To Apply Visit: https://www.hef.co.ke/

 

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTION ABOUT THE NEW FUNDING MODEL 

 

What is the New Higher Education Funding Model?


It is a new way of providing financial support to students enrolled in Universities & TVET institutions to ensure every Kenyan student is assisted according to their level of need.

What is MTI?

It is a reliable scientific method used to determine the student’s level of financial need so as to ensure they are supported adequately.

Who is eligible for funding in this new model

This model will commence with the 2022 KCSE cohort joining universities and TVET colleges in academic year 2023/2024.

How does the new funding model work?

The new funding model is student-centered. It is based on the level of student’s need and programme cost. It combines loan, scholarships and household contributions. Students are expected to individually apply for the loans and scholarships for consideration for funding.

Students placed by Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) in public universities and TVET colleges under the Ministry of Education (MoE) are eligible for both government scholarships and loans. Those seeking to pursue their studies in private universities and as parallel/module two/self-sponsored students in public universities are eligible for loans only.

Is the application for funding mandatory?


This entirely depends on your level of need. However, you have to apply for funding if you wish to be considered.

Will I still benefit from the new funding model if I transfer from one university/college/faculty to another?

YES. You will be required to submit documents authorizing your transfer. The funding will consider the new programme cost.

How much will I receive for my education upon making an application?

Funding to students shall combine scholarships, loans and household contributions on a graduated scale, scientifically determined by a Means Testing Instrument (MTI). This tool will determine every student’s level of need. Students will be categorized into four levels of need: vulnerable, extremely needy, needy and less needy.

All students shall be supported adequately to meet the cost of the programme they choose to pursue. The vulnerable and extremely needy students shall be fully funded through government scholarships, loans and bursaries.

When should I expect to receive my disbursements?

Scholarship and loan applications shall be received, processed and disbursements made as per the opening dates as advised by individual universities and TVET colleges from time to time.

I understand that HELB has partnered with several organizations, constituencies, and county governments to fund students. Do I still qualify for such funding under this new model?

Yes, students who are eligible shall apply for government scholarships, loans and bursaries, as well as complementary funding from other sources such as county governments, Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and other organizations.

How will the students know if they qualify for a scholarship?


Students will be eligible to apply for financial assistance, including government scholarships, loans, and bursaries, upon receiving an admission letter from the respective university/ TVET after placement by KUCCPS; Students placed in private universities will receive a loan from HELB to support their studies, while those placed in public universities will receive both a scholarship and a HELB loan.

What should a student do if they consider themselves more needy than they have been categorized by the MTI?

Students will be allowed to appeal to the Universities Fund/HELB online and will be required to provide compelling evidence to support the request.

Where can we access the fee structures for the universities?

All universities submitted their respective fee structures to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) and were uploaded in the portal. Fees will not change during the period of study.

When the financial situation changes in the course of study for the parents, what do they do?

The student level of need will be assessed at the initial funding application stage & where necessary thereafter. Also, in the event that the status changes immediately after the application, there will be a grace period for the applicant to appeal or reapply for the funds, with regard to the changes in financial status supported with documentary evidence.

What do you have in place to ensure that all students who require admission to the university are not left out?

The government will involve relevant stakeholders across the country to mobilize and sensitize eligible students to apply for funding.

What is the New Higher Education Funding Model?

It is a new way of providing financial support to students enrolled in Universities & TVET institutions to ensure every Kenyan student is assisted according to their level of need.

What are the benefits of the New Funding Model?

It ensures that all eligible Kenyan Students are provided with adequate education financial support.
It promotes the provision of quality education in higher learning institutions.
It ensures that students are adequately supported based on their level of need.
To ensure timely disbursement of funds students and higher learning institutions
To address the student funding gap.

Will this new funding model apply to continuing students?

All continuing government-sponsored students shall be supported in line with the previously existing funding model.

I am a continuing student at a university/TVET college. I didn’t apply before, but I wish to express interest in my higher education funding. Am I eligible for the funding?


YES. All continuing government-sponsored students shall be supported in line with the previously existing funding model.

If placed in a university or TVET college, will I automatically benefit from both government scholarship and loan?

Students are expected to individually apply for government scholarships and loans for consideration for funding. Students placed into public universities and TVET colleges under the Ministry of Education (MoE) are eligible for both government scholarships and loans. Those placed/admitted into private universities or as parallel/module two students in public universities are eligible for loans only.

If I fail/miss to apply for the funding in my first year, can I apply in the subsequent years?

YES. You will be able to submit your first-time application whenever the next application process is open.

I have a sibling enrolled in one of the universities and currently benefiting from government funding. Am I eligible for funding too?

YES. But you will be required to submit your application for funding to be considered for government scholarship and loan. Each application will be assessed individually for appropriate financial intervention, depending on your level of need and programme cost.

Is there an upkeep component in this New Funding Model?

Yes, students placed in public universities and TVET colleges under the Ministry of Education (MoE) are eligible for upkeep disbursement. However, one will have to submit their loan application request for consideration. The amount for upkeep allocated for each applicant will depend on the level of need as determined by the Means Testing Instrument (MTI).

What happens if my financial situation changes along the way? Can I seek additional funding?

YES. Students affected shall submit their applications supported with documentary evidence. This shall be reviewed according to set guidelines and subjected to Means Testing Instrument (MTI) to determine the level of need.

Who do I contact if I need clarifications or have questions on the new funding model?

Students who wish to seek clarifications on the new funding model can contact Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), University Fund (UF) and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).

How often will the students apply for scholarships?

Students will be required to apply for scholarships annually as they progress with their studies; and Students will be eligible to receive scholarships for the period of study for each programme.

When can the students start applying?

The application will be open after the completion of the placement process and this shall be communicated.

What happens when a student wants to defer or change universities?

Deferments shall be done through universities, while transfers shall be done through the KUCCPS. Students shall be allowed to do this before applying for their next funding. Students will be required to inform the funding agencies.

What happens if a student is not able to secure a scholarship or loan to cater to the other percentage and they can only raise their part?

Students are eligible to apply centrally for Government Scholarships, Loans and Bursaries; as well as resources provided through Counties, National Government Constituencies Development Funds, Foundations, Corporates, and other funders.