The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has invited applications for the Second and Subsequent Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Loan and Bursary for 2021-2022.

The invite is open to students that the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) placed in select Universities, National Polytechnics, Technical Training Institutes and Vocational Colleges under the Ministry of education.

The institutions must also be members of the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institution (KATTI)

Eligibility is also limited to students enrolled in courses approved by TVET and those that are applying for the second and subsequent student loan.

HELB has given an outline of how to apply for the loan and it is as follows:

  1. Download the HELB App from Google Play Store or dial *642# from your mobile phone.
  2. Register using your phone number to generate a PIN which you will use to log in.
  3. Ensure the mobile number is registered under your name. Please NOTE that mobile numbers not registered in the students’ names will not allow the application to proceed.
  4. Read, understand and click to accept the license agreement.
  5. Enter your first name as it appears on your ID, ID number and valid email address to complete registration.
  6. Click on “loans” tab and choose either certificate (artisan and craft) loans or diploma loans. Then click “apply” on the TVET second and subsequent loan.
  7. Read and understand the financial literacy guide.
  8. Answer the financial literacy questions and scroll down to view results and click “proceed”.
  9. Click “confirm” to verify your telephone number by paying Kshs. 1 (one bob only) to M-PESA where HELB Paybill Number is 200800 and your National ID number is the Account Number.
  10. Read the loan agreement and click on “I agree” if you accept the terms of the agreement.
  11. Click “submit”. A pop-up message will appear to show that you have successfully applied. The loan serial number will also be displayed.
  12. You will receive either email and/or SMS notifications on awards and disbursements of upkeep and tuition loans and where applicable, bursary.
  13. Beware of fraudsters. HELB Loan application is free of charge. Do not pay anyone to make the application for you. HELB does

HELB reminds the applicants that the application is wireless therefore not requiring someone to print the application form but they are however required to save the confirmation SMS which bears the application’s serial number for future reference.

HELB also announced the different application modes, closing dates for the various products they are offering loans for.

Undergraduate first-time students should apply through the HELB student portal before December 31, 2021.

Undergraduate, second and subsequent students are required to apply through the HELB App or use the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code *642# before October 30, 2021.

The TVET first time students are instructed to apply through the HELB student portal before December 31, 2021.

TVET second and subsequent students should also use the HELP App or use the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code *642# before December 31, 2021.