The parents of candidates who took the KCSE exam last year will not experience an increase in fees for their children’s university and college education. Universities and colleges have been directed to maintain the fee structure from the previous year, ensuring financial stability for students and their families.
The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has initiated the application process for the 899,453 students who qualified for degree and diploma courses following the 2023 KCSE.
The Universities Fund (UF) and senior Ministry of Education officials have the responsibility of scrutinizing declared courses and costs to identify any institutions that may have raised their fees. Vice-chancellors are warned about potential penalties for disregarding directives against fee hikes.
This admission cycle marks the second cohort under the new funding model, where universities can set individual program fees but cannot alter them for enrolled students during their studies.
KUCCPS CEO Mercy Wahome announced the opening of the online application portal, catering to last year’s candidates and school leavers from the past 12 years for non-degree courses. The portal facilitates placements for various courses, including degree, diploma, certificate, craft, and artisan programs.
A total of 201,073 learners qualified for degree programs nationwide, with 694,231 competing for diploma and certificate placements in TVET institutions, Teachers Training Colleges (TTCs), and Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) campuses. Sixty-nine universities, three secondary TTCs, 226 public TVET colleges, and 86 KMTC campuses have declared vacancies.
Last year’s most expensive degree courses, such as Medicine, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy, and Engineering, are subject to potentially high fees, with students entering these programs facing costs as high as Sh600,000, depending on their chosen university.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu emphasized the importance of a collective effort among state agencies to achieve a 100 percent transition from secondary to higher education. He instructed KUCCPS to collaborate with various entities, including the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), the Universities Fund, and other partners, to assist Form Four leavers in submitting their applications.
Following the placement process, the Universities Fund and Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) will open their portals for students to apply for scholarships and loans, ensuring government funding opportunities for all eligible students. This comprehensive approach aims to facilitate accessibility and affordability for students pursuing higher education in Kenya.