Scholarships for KCSE C, D & E Students Unveiled: How to Apply

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) speaks to Education CS George Magoha.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) speaks to Education CS George Magoha.
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  • The government is offering sponsorships to students who scored grades as low as 'E' in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in the country.

    The students will be assigned to the institutions through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) - a state corporation established under the Universities Act, 2012 to coordinate the placement of government-sponsored students to universities and colleges.

    The program is set to give opportunities to students who scored lowly in the national examinations. In the 2019 KCSE examinations, over 350,000 students scored grade D and below.

    Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) house along Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi
    Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) house along Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi.
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    According to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) anaylsis 101,687 students scored (D+ plus), 137,713 (D plain) 152,339 (D- minus) and 29,318 scored E grade.

    "This opportunity is for any Kenyan youth with any grade in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination and has never secured a course through KUCCPS," the agency noted in a notice 

    Youth can apply for programmes on offer with Artisan Courses taking D and E grades, Crafts (D+, D) and Diploma programmes requiring an entry grade of C and C – (Minus).

    Applicant Choices

    The applicant will be expected to make applications by submitting their preferred choices where a valid choice will constitute a programme code, programme name and the institution name.

    1) Applicants with an overall grade of C+ and above will be allowed to make a maximum of 6 choices for degree programmes where 1(a), 1(b) and 1(c) must be similar programmes and 4 for diploma programmes.

    2) Applicants with an overall grade of C- and above, will be allowed to make a maximum of 8 choices; 4 for diploma and 4 for craft certificate programmes.

    3) Applicants with an overall grade of D and above, will be allowed to make a maximum of 8 choices; 4 for craft certificate and 4 for artisan certificate programmes.

    4) Applicants with an overall grade below D, will be allowed to make a maximum of 4 choices from artisan certificate programmes.

    5) An applicant may choose any programmes for which they qualify provided that no choice is repeated.

    How to apply

    Applications should be submitted online through the Student’s Portal accessible via the Placement Service website www.kuccps.ac.ke.

    The deadline for application is February 12, 2021.

    How to apply for a programme under KUCCPS
    How to apply for a programme under KUCCPS
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    1. Log in to the KUCCPS student portal.

    2. Enter your KCSE index number and KCSE Year.

    3, Use your birth certificate number and KCPE index number as the password.

    4. Click on the programs tab on the upper left-hand corner to check the requirements for the programs.

    5. Alternatively, search for courses by their institutions by clicking on the institution tab.

    How to select courses:

    1. Scroll through the programmes and add the ones you are interested in to the course basket.

    2. To enter your preferred courses, click on the application/revision tab on the site and enter the programme codes. 

    3. You can pull the program codes from your selection in the course basket.

    4. Once you are done, submit the courses you have selected.

    5. You will be redirected to an application for payment.

    Note: Students who are applying for the first time are charged Ksh 1,500 while those revising courses they already submitted in school will pay Ksh 1,000.

    How to pay:

    1. Students applying for the first time will be charged Ksh 1,500.

    2. If you are only revising the choices you already submitted in school, you will pay Ksh 1000.

    3. Go to Lipa na M-PESA Menu

    4. Select Paybill

    5. Enter the business number as 820201

    6. Input the account number as your KCSE year and KCSE index number e.g 2019111111111

    7 Enter amount- Ksh 1,500 for the first-time applicants and Ksh 1,000 for those revising.

    8. Input your M-PESA pin and send

    9. Retain the Mpesa message, you will need the transaction code every time you make changes.

    Payment Reversals

    Payment Reversals Reversals will be done for erroneous payments in the following ways: i. For non-existent accounts, reversals will be made within 14 days.

    Reversals for payments made to wrong but valid accounts e.g. payment made for account 12345678912 instead of 12345678911 must be requested in writing to the Chief Executive Officer.

    An official of KUCCSP Tending to potential applicants
    An official of KUCCSP Tending to potential applicants
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    Here is the list of courses you can apply for on the KUCCPS website.

    Artisan Courses

    Electrical installation

    Motor vehicle mechanics

    Beverage production and service

    Hairdressing and beauty therapy

    Building construction technology

    Fashion and design

    Garment making

    Carpentry and joinery

    Masonry

    Hairdressing and Beauty 

    Electrical and Electronics

    Electrical Wireman

    Automotive Engineering

    Electrical Engineering

    Motor Vehicle Technology

    Electrical installation

    General Agriculture

    Mechanical engineering

    Store keeping

    Fashion and design

    Welding and fabrication 

    Food and beverage, services and sales

    Refrigeration and air conditioning

    Dressmaking and tailoring

    Diploma Courses

    Business 

    Clothing Textile 

    Computing 

    Custom Administration

    Education Science

    Engineering

    Health Sciences

    Social Sciences 

    Sciences 

    Tax Administration

    Technical

    Tourism & Hotel Management

    Education Arts 

    Media Studies

    Hospitality

    Certificate Courses

    Business 

    Clothing Textile 

    Computing 

    Engineering

    Health Sciences

    Social Sciences 

    Sciences 

    Technical 

    Hospitality 

    Customs Administration

    Tax Administration

    Media Studies

    In case of inquiries

    One can email info@kuccps.ac.ke

    Call 020 5137400, 0723954927 or 0734879662.