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Most Expensive and Popular Degree Courses in Kenya

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) recently opened the portal for the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates to start applying for courses they wish to study in universities and TVET institutions.

According to Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, KUCCPS had verified all the fees for all programs on the website.

The higher learning institutions placement body listed the hundreds of courses offered, the institutions, fees per year, and the cut-off points.

The cost for the programs ranges between Sh67,000 and Sh612,000 for an academic year. Data from the government indicate that Medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy are the most expensive courses students pursue in Kenyan public universities.

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These courses cost about Sh 612,000 in the first year alone in some institutions. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University, and Moi University have the highest fees for Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCHB).

For a student to pursue a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Moi University, they will part ways with Sh612,000 in the first year alone. The same course is taught at Sh521,050 at the University of Nairobi.

It takes about five years to pursue these courses. Those studying MBCHB will pay between Sh306,000 and Sh592,500 in various institutions.

Students who will be pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in over 40 public and private universities will be required to pay between Sh130,000 and Sh227,500.

For a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, the fee ranges from Sh396,000 at MultiMedia University, and the lowest is Sh300,000 at Technical University of Kenya in the first year alone.

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For Bachelor of Law, at least 14 universities are offering this program, with Daystar University being the highest at Sh335,000 and the lowest at Mount Kenya University with Sh170,000.

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nairobi (UoN) costs Sh442,850, while a Bachelor of Science (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) costs Sh374,850 in the same institution.

Bachelor of Arts is among the cheapest programs in all 18 universities offering it, with the cost ranging between Sh122 400 and Sh160,000.

Other costly courses are Bachelor of Actuarial Science, Architecture, Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Geology, among other STEM courses.

In terms of popularity, education and business administration are the most sought-after courses and take almost half the population of students admitted.

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