How to Apply for HELB Loan

How to Apply for HELB Loan

How to apply for HELB Loan 2024. HELB (Higher Education Loans Board) is a financial institution in Kenya that provides loans and scholarships to students pursuing higher education. However, please note that scholarship programs and application procedures may change over time. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to visit the official HELB website or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information. Nevertheless, In this post, we will provide you with general guidelines on how to apply for a HELB scholarship.

How to Get a HELB Loan for the First Time

  • Eligibility Check: Determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for the HELB scholarship program. Eligibility requirements may include academic performance, financial need, and other specific criteria set by the organization. Check the HELB website or their scholarship advertisements for specific requirements
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect all the necessary documents required for the scholarship application. This may include academic transcripts, admission letters, national identification documents, and any other documents specified in the application guidelines
  • Create a HELB Account: Visit the HELB website and create an account if you don’t already have one. This will allow you to access the scholarship application form and other relevant information
  • Scholarship Application Form: Log in to your HELB account and find the scholarship application form. Fill out the form accurately and provide all the required details. Make sure to double-check the information before submitting the application.
  • Attach Supporting Documents: Upload or attach all the necessary supporting documents as specified in the application form. These documents will vary depending on the specific scholarship program
  • Submit the Application: After completing the application form and attaching the required documents, submit your application through the online system as per the instructions provided. Ensure that you submit your application before the specified deadline
  • Follow-up and Communication: Stay updated on the progress of your application. HELB may communicate with you regarding your application status or request additional information. Keep an eye on your email and any notifications from HELB
  • Await Selection and Notification: The selection process may involve evaluating applications based on various criteria, including academic merit and financial need. If you are shortlisted, you will be notified by HELB through the contact information you provided in your application. Be patient during this period and await the results

Related Link: HELB Scholarships

HELB Loan Requirements

  1. A copy of your national ID Card
  2. Copies of the parents’ National ID Cards/death certificate where the parent is deceased
  3. Copies of both guarantors’ National ID Card
  4. A copy of your admission letter and KCSE result slip/certificate
  5. A copy of your Bank ATM/Bank card (for Government sponsored students only)
  6. A copy of your Smart Card from the institution
  7. One recent colored passport size photograph of the applicant

Type of Loan Application

Below are the two types of undergraduate loan applications

  1. First Time Application -This is for applicants who are applying for the first time
  2. Second & Subsequent Application -This is for applicants who are applying for the second, third, fourth time as per the program duration

Note: The number of loans one is eligible for depends on the program duration. For example, one is given loan 4 times for a 4-year program or 5 times for a 5-year programme

How to Apply for a HELB Loan for the First Time

  1. Visit HELB website to access the Student Portal
  2. Click on create an account to register.
  3. Log in and select the appropriate Undergraduate First Time Loan Application Form [LAF].
  4. Read the literature or view the videos on Financial Literacy and participate in the brief exercise online.
  5. Access and fill the loan application form.
  6. Print TWO copies of the duly filled Loan Application Form [Mandatory]
  7. Have the forms appropriately filled, signed, and stamped by the relevant authorities.
  8. Attach all the documents as per the checklist and present one copy of the duly filled Loan Application Form at any huduma centers or student service centre
  9. Retain a complete copy of the Loan Application Form [This is mandatory]

Related Link: Application for HELB Loan [First Time Applicant]


  1. Please ensure that you read, understand, and follow the instructions provided at the beginning of the online loan application process including reading and undertaking the HELB Financial Literacy Programme.
  2. It is recommended that students prudently manage their HELB loans once disbursed to cater for Tuition, books, stationery, accommodation, and subsistence.

Huduma Centers

The following are Huduma centers nearest to you

  • Bomet
  • Bungoma
  • Chuka
  • Eldoret
  • Embu
  • Garissa
  • Nairobi GPO
  • Kakamega
  • Kericho
  • Kilifi
  • Kisii
  • Kisumu
  • Kitale
  • Kitui
  • Lodwar
  • Machakos
  • Makueni
  • Meru
  • Migori
  • Mombasa
  • Murang’a
  • Nakuru
  • Nandi Narok
  • Nyeri
  • Taita Taveta
  • Thika
  • West Pokot

HELB Student Service Centre on Mezzanine

The following are the Student Service Centre on Mezzanine centers nearest to you

  • Anniversary Towers
  • University Way
  • Nairobi

HELB Contact Information


[email protected]

Operating Hours: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

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