HEF application guide, requirements, and funding model (TVET and universities)

If you have secured placement in a public university or TVET institution through KUCCPS, you can apply for higher education funding (HEF). Failure to apply, the government will not fund…

If you have secured placement in a public university or TVET institution through KUCCPS, you can apply for higher education funding (HEF). Failure to apply, the government will not fund your education.

To ensure you do not miss out on this opportunity, we will take you through the HEF application process, requirements, and education funding tiers available for you and how the funding model works.

Sounds good? Let’s get to it.

Requirements for Higher Education Finding Application.

To be able to submit your HEF application successfully, you will need the following:

  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.

HEF application process

If you already have the requirements listed above, follow these steps to submit your higher education funding application.

  1. Visit HEF Website
  2. Select portals.
  3. Register for an account or log in if you have one already.
  4. Provide the required profile information and upload documents
  5. Select scholarship or loan application.
  6. Submit your application.

HEF model tiers

Student funding under the HEF model is as follows. Funding to be received is determined by a Mean testing instrument (MIT), a system that determines the need level of a student.

The program uses the choice of program, household income band, affirmative performance, and government priority areas.

Vulnerable students

For vulnerable students, education funding will come from 82% scholarships and 18% loans totaling 100%. That means that students under this category won’t be required to pay anything.

Extremely needy students

Education funding for needy students will come from 70% scholarships and 30% loans totaling 100% education funding.


Vulnerable and extremely needy students will not be required to pay any fee. Everything will be covered by scholarships and loans.

Needy students

Needy students will be required to pay 7% of fees. The remaining percentage will be covered by scholarships (53%) and loans (40%).

Less needy students

For less needy students, scholarships will cover 38% and loans 55%. They will be required to pay 7% of the fees.

TVET students funding

Students placed in TVET institutions will receive a maximum of 50% government education funding, and 30% of their education will be covered by loans. Households will be required to take care of the remaining 20%.

In summary

All students placed at a public higher learning institution through KUCCPS are eligible to apply for HEF. Funding will be allocated depending on a student’s need level.

Do you have any questions regarding the HEF application, please ask in the comments section below or send us an email.

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  1. I followed all the steps while applying for hef scholarship but there is no feedback what could have emerged

  2. When I click on loans the feedback is that I didn’t apply for any loans yet I fully gave the information required and thus received a document on my email. What might be the issue?