Public university fees in Kenya [2024]

This article provides an overview of public university fees in Kenya to assist you in budgeting appropriately if you plan to attend one of Kenya’s public universities.

So, let’s get started…

 

Public university fees in Kenya

Well, fees vary depending on the program you choose to pursue and the university that offers it.

In short, the fee varies from program to program and from university to university.

However, under the new funding model, the government funds individual students based on the level of financial assistance they require, so you will only be required to pay a certain percentage of the fees.

And one thing is certain: no one will miss out on the funding as long as you don’t miss out on the application.

That being so, here is the fee distribution per category (scholarship, loan, and household):

Band one

The government provides 70% of scholarships and 25% of loans in this category. As a result, your parent or guardian must pay the remaining 5% of the annual fees.

In addition, the government allocates you Kshs. 60,000 for upkeep.

 

Band two

You receive 60% in scholarships and 30% in loans, with your parent or guardian paying the remaining 10% of the total fees per year.

Furthermore, you also get Kshs 55,000 for upkeep.

 

Band three

You get 50% of the government scholarship and 30% of the loans, while your parent or guardian is responsible for the remaining 20% of the annual fees.

In addition, the government provides you with Kshs. 50,000 for upkeep.

 

Continuation….

Band four

In this category, you are eligible for 40% scholarships and 30% loans.

Consequently, your parent or guardian will pay the remaining 30% of the total fees per academic year.

Besides, the government allocates you Kshs. 45,000 for upkeep.

 

Band five

In this category, you receive 30% government scholarships and 30% loans, with your parent or guardian covering the remaining 40% of the annual fees.

On top of that, the government has also set aside Kshs. 40,000 for upkeep.

So, that is how the government has subsidized the public university fees in Kenya.

 

Public university fees in Kenya – cost of degree courses in public universities in Kenya

With that in mind, the costs of some degree courses at public universities in Kenya are listed below to give you an idea of how much you’ll pay.

On average, tuition fees range from Kshs. 122,000 to Kshs. 612,000 per academic year (depending on the course and university).

For the record, in comparison to the other degree courses, the bachelor of dental surgery and the bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBChB) have the highest fees.

Cost of the bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBChB) program – it costs between Kshs. 306,000 to Kshs. 612,000 as follows:

  • Egerton University – Kshs. 337,940
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – Kshs. 612,000
  • Kenyatta University – Kshs. 612,000
  • Kisii University – Kshs. 461,210
  • Maseno University – Kshs. 612,000
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology – Kshs. 306,000
  • Moi University – Kshs. 612,000
  • University of Nairobi – Kshs. 539,750

 

Now if, for example, you enroll in a medicine degree course at Moi University and are placed in the first category (band 1), the fee will be as follows:

Government scholarships – 70% of the total fee per year, which is Kshs. 428,400

Loans – 25% of the total fee per year, Kshs. 153,000

And lastly, your parent/guardian will pay 5% of the total annual fee, which is Kshs. 30,600.

 

So, this formula applies to all other courses and categories to determine how much you will have to pay after receiving the government scholarship/subsidy and the HELB loan.

Degree courses and their costs continuation…

Bachelor of dental surgery fees (per academic year)

  • Moi University – Kshs. 612,000
  • University of Nairobi – Kshs. 512,050

 

Cost of engineering degree courses (per academic year)

  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) – Kshs. 336,600
  • University of Nairobi – Kshs. 374,850
  • Technical University of Kenya(TUK) – Kshs. 300,000
  • Technical University of Mombasa(TUM) – Kshs. 302,940
  • University of Eldoret – Kshs. 336,600

 

Bachelor of pharmacy fees per academic year

  • Kenyatta University – Kshs. 428,400
  • Maseno University – Kshs. 428,400
  • University of Nairobi – Kshs. 413, 950
  • Kisii University – Kshs. 418,770

 

Bachelor of law fees per year

For the cost of the law degree program, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is the most expensive at Kshs. 238,208, while the University of Embu, Chuka, Maseno, Kenyatta, and Moi Universities are the cheapest at Kshs. 183,600.

  • Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology – Kshs. 238,208
  • Kisii University – Kshs. 225,335
  • University Of Nairobi – Kshs. 221,850
  • Egerton University Kshs. 214,700
  • Chuka University – Kshs. 183,600
  • Kenyatta University – Kshs. 183,600
  • Maseno University – Kshs. 183,600
  • Moi University – Kshs. 183,600
  • University of Embu – Kshs. 183,600

 

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More degree courses and their costs…

Bachelor of Science in clinical medicine fees

  • Egerton University – Kshs. 307, 340
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – Kshs. 330,480
  • Kirinyaga University – Kshs. 275,400
  • Kisii University – Kshs. 316,710
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology – Kshs. 275,400
  • Meru University of Science and Technology – Kshs. 324,000
  • University of Kabianga – Kshs. 550,800

 

Bachelor of education (early childhood development education)

The cost of B.Ed in ECDE ranges between Kshs. 183,600 and Kshs. 283,135.

Here is the cost at some of the universities offering it:

  • Chuka University – Kshs. 183,600
  • Egerton University – Kshs. 214, 700
  • Kenyatta University – Kshs. 183,600
  • University of Nairobi – Kshs. 223,550
  • Pwani University – Kshs. 183,600
  • University of Kabianga – Kshs. 183,600
  • Kisii University – Kshs. 283,185

Bachelor of Arts and social sciences courses are among the cheapest programs, with the cost ranging between Kshs. 135,000 and Kshs. 190,000.

Some of these courses include:

University of Nairobi

  • Bachelor of Arts – Kshs. 160,653
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – Kshs.189,550
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Kshs. 189,550
  • Bachelor of Arts (Gender and Development Studies) – Kshs. 175,950

 

Kenyatta University

  • Bachelor of Arts (Gender and Development Studies) – Kshs. 153,000
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – Kshs. 153,000
  • Bachelor of Arts – Kshs. 153,000
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Administration – Kshs. 153,000

 

Technical University of Kenya

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy – Kshs. 135,000

 

Public university fees in Kenya – wrap up

So, that’s the public university fees in Kenya.

Hopefully, after reading this article, you now have a clear understanding of how much it will cost you to attend public universities in Kenya.

Also, remember to apply for government scholarships and loans as soon as you receive your admission letter via the HEF website.

 

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