KUCCPS Portal Opens Next Week as Universities Rush to Comply with New Funding Model.
Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) will open its portal next week to allow students to apply to universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.
KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer, Agnes Mercy Wahome, announced this during a meeting with registrars of all universities on Monday.
Universities have been given until Tuesday to provide information on the cost of their programmes to KUCCPS. The deadline is part of a new funding model announced by President William Ruto last week.
Under this model, each student will be funded depending on the cost of the course they are undertaking, and at a percentage to be determined by the government.
Cost of all their programmes
Dr Wahome instructed the registrars to provide the cost of all their programmes, regardless of whether the students are self-sponsored or government-sponsored.
She asked institutions to only provide the actual cost of the first year of each programme for admitting the 2022 candidates.
After universities provide their programme costs, KUCCPS will publish the information to help students make their choices.
Previously, universities have been funded through the Universities Funding using the differentiated unit cost (DUC), which provides the maximum cost of courses across all universities.
However, this is bound to change under the new system as universities have varying costs.
Students Not Eligible for Scholarships
Dr Wahome noted that even though KUCCPS will publish all programmes, the government will only provide scholarships to students who select degree programmes in public universities.
Students who select programs in private universities and TVETs will not get government scholarships but will only be eligible to apply for Helb loan.
Dr Wahome stated that the many definitions of students as government-sponsored or self-sponsored cause complications.
Therefore, she requested the registrars to provide the cost of all their programmes irrespective of whether the students are self-sponsored or government-sponsored.
She also asked the institutions to only give the cost of the various programmes, excluding the accommodation and meals costs.
Dr Wahome noted that the cost of programmes in engineering and clinical medicines will likely vary over the years because of the internships that go with them.
“Students who will select programs in private universities and Tvets, will not get government scholarships, and will only be eligible to apply for Helb loan.” Said wahome.
KUCCPS Portal Opens Next Week as Universities Rush to Comply with New Funding Model