The Higher Education Loans Board, or HELB for short, is a government-owned education in Kenya whose main objective is to provide financial assistance to all Kenyan students eligible for HELB loans. Established in 1995 and fast forward to the date of the writing of the article, HELB has proven its use by providing needy students with loans, scholarships, and bursaries. To benefit from Helb, you must have a HELB Student Portal account. Register with HELB and enroll in any HELB product that suits you best. This article will explore the HELB student portal login and everything you need to know concerning HELB in Kenya.
Now, Let us get started.
Registering on the HELB Student Portal
The first step to accessing the HELB Student Portal is to ensure you have been registered with HELB. If you know your way around, you can proceed to log in, but if not, here is how to Register with HELB:
- Go to the HELB website (https://www.helb.co.ke/).
- Click on the “Portals>> Student>>Register”
- Enter your National ID number or KCSE index number, depending on which one you have.
- Enter a valid email address and password.
- Click on the “Register” button.
Login to HELB Student Portal Existing Users
After successfully Registering your details, the HELB Student portal will redirect you to a new login page where you must log in using the registered details.
Log in using your registered email and password via the portal’s main login section. You will be then redirected to your HELB student Portal Dashboard.
If you forget your password, don’t worry. There’s a link that says, “Forgot Password?” Click it, and they’ll help you make a new one. Once you’re logged in, you can see everything. You can check your Loan, apply for new ones, or know when to pay back.
How To Use HELB Student Portal Features
Once you’re in, it’s like the control center of your financial aid spaceship. You’ve got buttons and menus for everything you could need — all just a click away. Here, you can see everything you can do with your account. You can find:
- Profile updates
- Loan applications
- Scholarship information
And there is more.
On the dashboard, you’ll find different sections. There is a part that shows your profile here. You can update your details. There is another section for loan Applications, HELB Scholarship and My Loans.
Loan Statement, and more. HELB Student Porta dashboard is relatively easy to navigate, and thus, everything is put to your benefit as a student during your stay with the HELB Portal
2. HELB Scholarships
And guess what? HELB isn’t just about loans. If you’re in need and have the smarts, scholarships are up for grabs, too! This scholarship is only available to students selected to join recognized Universities, colleges, and TVET institutions in the country. One is also eligible for a scholarship loan for a given academic year, provided they qualify for the Loan. To apply for HELB Scholarships, click on that section on your HELB Student Portal account and proceed with the rest of the prompts to apply:
3. HELB Loan Application Process
Now, let’s talk about getting a HELB loan. To start, you need to be a student in Kenya who needs money for school. If that’s you, you’re in the right place! The first step is to fill out an application form on the HELB portal. It asks for some basic info about you and your school.
You’ll need to show that you need the Loan to apply. HELB wants to help students who need it most. So, they’ll ask about your family and their money situation. Once you’ve filled out the form, you send it through the portal. Then, HELB looks at your application. They check everything to make sure it’s all good. If you are approved, then HELB will have money sent to either the bank or the MPESA account.
4. Loan Repayment
After you finish school, it’s time to start paying back your HELB loan. For HELB, you can start paying back your Loan one year after your education. Also, that is optional on the HELB portal. You can click on Repay Loan to start Paying back the Loan immediately. If you also fail to pay back your Loan on time, HELB will charge a penalty of Ksh5,000 per month for each month a loan remains unpaid.
You can also pay a HELB loan via Mpesa:
- Select the pay bill option.
- Enter HELB business number as 200800.
- Enter your national ID number as your account number.
- Enter the amount you want to pay.
- Enter your secret PIN.
- Confirm the transaction and send.
5. HELB Loan Clearance certificate
Once you have completed paying off your Loan on time,e you can request a clearance certificate from the HEL Student Portal. A HELB Loan Clearance certificate is a document issued by HELB to show that your HELB Loan is fully paid. There are two types of HELB Loan Clearance certificates. First, there is the Compliance certificate, issued to beneficiaries who are up to date with their loan repayments or are still within the repayment grace period. Next, the Clearance certificate is issued to beneficiaries who have fully repaid their Loan.
6. Helb Loan Statement
A HELB loan Statement is a document that shows your outstanding HELB loan balance, your repayment history, and any penalties. You can request your HELB Loan statement from your HELB Student Portal. Under “Loan Statements”, click on the “Generate Loan Statement” button. Your HELB Loan Statement will be generated in PDF format. You can download the statement to your computer or device or print it out.
That’s all that you can do on your HELB student Portal Dashboard.
Besides the HELB Student portal, HELB also has the Helb Mobile application, which can be accessed on Google Playstore. Like the student portal, the HELB app allows students to access several services that include:
- View their loan balance and repayment history
- Generate loan statements
- Make loan repayments
- apply for a moratorium (pause) on their repayments
- Request a revised repayment plan
- Update their personal information
- Contact HELB customer support.
And now, if you need help, HELB is always there to assist. You can reach them directly via:
- Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.helb.co.ke/home/
- phone contacts: +254 711 052000 and 254 20 2278000.
- Facebook page: @HELBpage
- Twitter handle : @HELBpage