How to Apply for First time undergraduate HELB loan in 2020 and get Maximum Award
Anniversary towers, the address of HELB headquarters

Top 15 counties With The Highest HELB Disbursement Numbers/beneficiaries  2020 / 2021 Academic Year

Kakamega and Bungoma counties have the highest number of beneficiaries of student loans, according to a Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) report for this year.

The report, which says the government is spending Sh14.4 billion to fund 354,069 students in public universities, shows counties in North Eastern and Coast got the least number of beneficiaries.

County No. of beneficiaries Total amount
Kakamega County 23,967 870.93 M
Bungoma County 18,116 725.06 M
Nakuru 16,888 684.9 M
Homa Bay 16, 811 698.41
Kisii 16,753 679.47
Bomet 13,204  
Siaya 13,141  
Kisumu 12,969  
Nairobi 12, 210  
Kericho 11,885  
Makueni 11,609  
Uasin Gishu 11,198  
Kiambu 11,285  
Meru 11,039  
Kitui 10,714  
Migori 10,476  

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HELB Chief Executive Officer Charles Ringera said the fund has been working with counties to develop revolving funds to support students from their regions.

“We have been giving them analyses of courses being studied by these students,” he said, adding that this enables county governments to use the data for the planning purposes.

Machakos, Trans Nzoia, Nyamira, Busia, Nandi and Muranga counties have about 9,000 beneficiaries.

Garissa has 71 helb beneficiaries, Mandera 72 helb beneficiaries, Tana River 272 helb beneficiaries while Isiolo closes the bottom five with 268 students who benefited from Helb loans.

Lamu County has 284 helb beneficiaries, Marsabit 523 helb beneficiaries, Samburu 863 helb beneficiaries, closing the category of counties with less than 1,000 beneficiaries.

HELB sponsors students in public and private universities following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta. MPs recently called for a reversal of the policy due to the financial strain facing public universities, which has forced them to restructure key operations.

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