HELB Funzo Medical Scholarships: Afya Elimu Fund Loans

The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) was established by an Act of Parliament, the Higher Education Loans Board Act, Chapter 213A of the Laws of the Republic of Kenya on the 21st day of July, 1995. This provided for the establishment of a Board for the management of a fund to be used for granting loans, bursaries and scholarships to Kenyan students pursuing higher education at recognized institutions within and outside Kenya.  The Board is further empowered to deal with any other matters incidental or connected to the granting of loans among them mobilization of resources. Under the establishing legal instrument the Board therefore has the power to establish links with persons within and outside Kenya as deemed necessary.  To this end, the Board entered into partnership with Intra Health Kenya with a view to enhancing access and equity to higher education specifically to health workers by way of granting them loans and scholarships. The Loans and scholarships target those already within the health sector workforce as well as those directly enrolled into approved institutions mandated in the training of health workers. The objectives of the program are:

To increase the production of new health workers in Kenya.
Promote quality and efficiency in delivery of health care.
To increase the pool of experts in different and specialized health fields.
Motivate and improve retention of health workers.

HELB Funzo Medical Scholarships: Afya Elimu Fund Loans


Awards (In Kenya shillings) Up to: 150,000.00(Tuition paid to training institutions directly and upkeep directly to the student accounts)
Beneficiary Courses (Local Trainings only) Certificate Diploma Nursing Clinical Medicine Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Technologists Nutritionists Health Records Management and Information Technology Public Health OfficersMedical,  Dental including oral health Practitioners
Courses in cadres with critical shortage of skilled health workers
Eligibility (Pre-service Applicants) The applicant must:Be a Kenyan Citizen with a residential Status in Kenya Demonstrate financial need.Be a student in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year.Must provide copies of required supportive


Duly filled in application form KCSE certificate,
National Identification Card,
School leaving certificate,
Most recent training institution academic report
Current fee statement,
Copy of letter of admission
Must commit to serve for at least 3 years in any County/Districts, marginalized or hard to reach areas upon completion of their studies.

Be willing to abide by the bonding mechanism as set in the loan & scholarship program.

Must commit to abide by the loan repayment and monitoring procedures provide academic progress reports and reference letters from the institution on a yearly basis to maintain funding for the ongoing period of study

Eligibility (In-service Applicants)Targets health workers in the public, private and FBO health facilities. Applicants should:Must have been in service for over three (3) years from the date of 1st appointment.Must be below fifty (50) years of age at the time of application.Must not be facing disciplinary action at the time of application or nomination.

Apply for a course in the area of study relevant to the roles and responsibilities at their work station or needed in the health sector.

Must show evidence of admission to a recognized and reputable college under the loan & scholarships area.

Applicants in the public sector must agree to abide by the set Public Service Commission bonding mechanism upon graduation.

Applicants in the private and FBO sectors must agree to abide by their respective organizations bonding mechanism.

The Applicant will be required to serve in their duty stations for a period of two years.
Must commit to abide by the loan repayment and monitoring procedures.
Is expected to provide academic progress reports and reference letters from the institution on a yearly basis to maintain funding for the ongoing period of study.

Course applied for must:
Be relevant to officer’s duties


Duly filled loan forms
Certified National ID. copies
Current pay slip
Admission letter
Recommendation letter from employer signed by accounting officer
Certified copies of guarantor’s ID’S
Mode of training
Designation of officer proceeding for training

Should be in the service

Loan Interest Rate: 4% per annum for pre-service ;  12% per annum for In-service
Current Monthly Repayment Rates and repayment period: Repayment period- up to 72 months
How to apply for the loan/Scholarship Applicants should access and fill the application form from the HELB website Print a copy of the Application Form.Have the form properly filled, signed and stamped by the relevant authorities.Sign the form and attach all the necessary documents, as indicated.Submit the form at the Higher Education Loans Board Office.The Board will use the email and telephone contacts provided on the form for communication on the progress of your application.