Gov’t Now Allows Students Without IDs to Apply for HELB
Gov’t Now Allows Students Without IDs to Apply for HELB. The demand for national identity cards (IDs) for students applying for scholarships and HELB loans has undergone a substantial adjustment thanks to action taken by the government.
It was disclosed that the Ministry of Education has been granted the mandate to shorten the scholarship application procedure for qualified students in an announcement from the cabinet dated August 29 and released on Tuesday.
Prior to this, Helb loans were unavailable to students who began attending college before becoming 18 years old. Charles Ringera, the CEO of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), has made it clear that the organization will not be giving money to more than 2,000 students who have asked for financial aid but do not have National Identity cards.
Ringera emphasized that the board’s options are limited because it is illegal to make loans to those who are younger than 18 as required by law. He went on to discuss the value of possessing a valid ID for students, particularly when it comes to loan payments.
Ringera informed students that there are enough of resources to address their financial demands and urged them to take use of the available money. He emphasized the new funding model’s timely launch and expressed confidence that it will guarantee all students receive the assistance they need to advance academically.
The CEO also offered advice to students who might be thinking about switching their academic focus or transferring to a different university. He changed the old framework and promised them that the funding would still be available.
According to Ringera’s prediction, the board would have spent Ksh210 billion (Ksh145 billion for loans and Ksh75 billion for scholarships) on student financing by the year 2028.
Important decisions pertaining to 13 Technical and Vocational Colleges were taken during the Cabinet meeting, which was held on Tuesday and presided over by President Ruto at Kakamega State Lodge. It has been decided to promote these institutions to National Polytechnic level.
Maasai Technical Training Institute, Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology, Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology, Coast Institute of Technology, and Tseikuru Technical & Training College are among the universities in the group. Additionally, the list of organizations scheduled to receive this upgrading included Sang’alo Institute of Science & Technology, Bureti Technical Vocational College, Jeremiah Nyagah Technical Training Institute, Mawego Technical Training Institute, and Baringo Technical Training Institute.