How much does KUCCPS pay for diploma students

Last updated on August 8th, 2023 at 03:13 am

Are you a secondary school graduate and you are wondering how much does KUCCPS pay for diploma students? If yes, you are in the right place so, read this article to the end….

The government of Kenya through the Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) gives government sponsorship to students who apply through KUCCPS.

Now, if you are planning to apply through KUCCPS, you might be wondering how much the government will pay for your diploma course.

In this article, we shall be taking you through this so, read along to know how much the government pays for you, plus how you apply KUCCPS among other important information.

Keep reading………

How much does KUCCPS pay for diploma students (how much does KUCCPS pay for college students)

To be precise, KUCCPS no longer pays a flat amount- it used to pay a total of Kshs. 30,000 to all its diploma students which is paid directly to the institution.

That is because the government has since changed its funding model to a need-based system..

What that means is simple:

The government can pay your diploma course fee 100% (via scholarships and HELB loans) or they can pay just a small fraction- it all comes down to how the new HEF (Higher Education Financing) portal categorizes you..

and there are a couple of categories:

  • Extremely needy
  • Vulnerable
  • Needy
  • Less needy

Simply, you cannot be sure how much you will get until you have applied for funding through the website (after getting placed by KUCCPS)

Of course, the remainder (balance) will have to be paid by your sponsor/parents.

The good thing is that if you’re classified as extremely needy or vulnerable, you will pay virtually nothing to the colleges you have been called to.

Remember the fees for Diploma courses has been standardized to Kshs. 67189 per year regardless of the course you’re taking- and you need to have spare cash to pay for exams and your accommodation.

How much does KUCCPS pay for certificate students?

And what if you want to start from the certificate level and then upgrade to the diploma level, how much do KUCCPS pay for a certificate course?

Well, again it is not based on your level of need for certificate courses…so apply and see if you will be lucky to get 100% financing or you’ll just get partial funding.

Side note: The distribution will be just the same as that of the diploma courses.

Remember the fees for certificate courses has also been standardized to Kshs. 67189 per year regardless of the certificate course you’re taking- and you need to budget for exams and accommodation.

So, is there an application fee when applying KUCCPS?

Of course, YES, KUCCPS application is not free of charge you will have to pay application charges as follows:

  • First-time applications- Kshs 1,500.
  • Students revising their previous choices -Ksh1,000.

By now you might be wondering when is the right time to apply KUCCPS.

To better guide you, let us look at that in this section.

When to apply through KUCCPS

Usually, the right time to apply KUCCPS is when the portal is open mostly between the month of March to July)

But to point you in the right direction, you should keep checking if it is open on the KUCCPS portal.

Additionally, you should also keep a close eye on other social media handles since they also update when the portal is open.

More to that,  you can check on KUCCPS Facebook page Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service.


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Having said that, you might be wondering how KUCCPS works.

If so, this section has that information.

How KUCCPS works

Step 1

First, the Placement Service provides career guidance to you (students) usually when in secondary school sometimes even before sitting for your KCSE examinations.

Step 2

Here, KUCCPS open a school/Centre application portal where students are given an opportunity to select the career Programmes they would like to pursue at the university levels (parents and teachers are allowed to guide you)

Step 3

This step usually takes place after the KCSE exams results are out, here you are given a chance to revise your choices on your admission criteria plus your performance.

Step 4

Now, all successful students receive their placement results and can join their respective institutions for the Programmes they selected.

Step 5

However, in case you are selected for a course or institution you did not prefer, you are given an opportunity to apply for inter-institution transfer or inter-faculty transfer to change either your institution or course or even both.

With all that information, read along to get to know how to apply KUCCPS

Guide to apply KUCCPS step by step

KUCCPS application process is very easy and can be done online right from KUCCPS student portal.

What you need:

  • Your KCSE index number.
  • Your KCPE index number.
  • Year you did your KCSE.
  • Birth Certificate number.
  • Application fee worth Ksh.1,500.
  • Finally, Access to either a computer or a smartphone with an internet connection.

Application procedure

  1. Firstly, go to the KUCCPS application portal here.
  2. Next, enter your KCSE index, year and password to log in.
  3. Now, kindly check for the available institutions and Programmes.
  4. When done checking, select your preferred Programmes plus institution.
  5. Moving on add them to your course basket and then choose the application/revision tab.
  6. Here, enter your Programme codes and submit your choices.
  7. Lastly, pay for the application via M-pesa (kshs1500)


How much does KUCCPS pay for diploma students [Official KUCCPS Contacts]

To contact KUCCPS, there are 5 ways you can do it.

Just so you know, most of them are online channels that you can access anywhere even from the comfort of your home.

You can contact KUCCPS through:

Alternatively, you can opt to visit KUCCPS.

To visit, see below for the location.

KUCCPS location

If you would like to visit KUCCPS, it is located in ACK Gardens, 1st Ngong Avenue, Upper hill, Nairobi, Kenya.

How much does KUCCPS pay for diploma students-FAQS

1.       How much does KUCCPS pay for degree students (how much does KUCCPS pay for university students)

Again, just like the diploma and certificate students, KUCCPS pays a total of Kshs. 30,00 of the total fees for degree students.

Luckily, you can also Apply for HELB of kshs.40,000 to pay for the rest Kshs. 26400 of your fees and you remain with Kshs. 13600 for your upkeep.

2.       Do KUCCPS students pay fees?

The answer is yes! KUCCPS student pays a total of Kshs 26400 because KUCCPS only give capitation of Kshs. 30,000 of the total fees.

Additionally, you also pay for other charges that include; Registration fee, Student Governing Council, (SGC), Caution Money, Development fee, Student ID card, KUCCPS Registration, and so on depending on the institution and course.

3.       How do I know my KUCCPS application was successful?

Well, to know if your application was successful, kindly follow these steps:

  1. Login to your account via
  2. Then, lick Applications/Revision.
  3. You will get a message just above your course choices “You have provisionally secured one of your choices subject to approval by the placement service board”.

Final words

That is all we have on how much does KUCCPS pay for diploma students, but keep in mind that, you much apply through KUCCPS to benefit from the capitation of Kshs. 30,000 using the steps we have provided in this article.

All the best!


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1 thought on “How much does KUCCPS pay for diploma students”

  1. I am Dennis Tuikong Laikipia University President and the head of the Governing Council I have a concern to raise concerning the TVET Students in my Institution;
    why are they paying 76000 fee yet you people are suppose to allocate them Capitation fee of 56000???


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