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HELB announces loans for select students, how to apply

The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has announced loans for students pursuing courses in the Maritime sector.

In a statement on Monday, June 17, HELB said the funding targets students at the Bandari Maritime Academy and other maritime training institutions approved by the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA).

”Maritime Education and Training Scheme (METS) offer financing to students pursuing courses in the Maritime Sector being offered at Bandari Maritime Academy and other Maritime Training Institutions (METI) approved by Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA),’’ HELB stated.

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According to HELB, applicants must be pursuing a craft certificate or diploma in nautical science and marine engineering to qualify for the loans.

In addition, they must be proficient in STCW Courses, and certificates or diploma in approved METI approved by KMA, or relevant sea experience.

”A CDC (Seafarers Discharge Record Book and Certificate)/Seamans book should therefore be attached,’’ HELB added.


Other requirements are Certificate of Competency courses and a letter of eligibility from Kenya Maritime Authority.

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How to apply


  1. Applications are done online through the HELB student portal on
  2. Applicants should log in and fill out the required form depending on whether they are pursuing an Academic, Proficiency or Competency course.
  3. Print two copies of the application form.
  4. Ensure the form is properly filled, signed and stamped by the relevant authorities and guarantors
  5. Sign the form and attach all necessary documents as indicated in the check list appearing in the loan application form.
  6. Submit one copy of the duly completed application form with the necessary documents at the HELB Desk at the nearest Huduma Center or at Mezzanine 1 Anniversary Towers
  7. Retain one copy of the duly filled loan application form (Mandatory).

HELB will use the email and telephone contacts provided on the loan application to reach out to the students.

In addition,  the number of students who will be supported will depend on the availability of funds.

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