How to Get Education Funding for Youth Living with Disabilities in Kenya

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: April 26, 2021  

Education in Kenya is quite expensive and out of reach for many kids and teens transitioning to college/university. Even with the state allocating 5.3% of the country’s GDP towards education, many families in Kenya are still struggling to educate their children in public schools.

It’s harder for young people living with disabilities to further their education. It’s a truism that living with a disability is usually accompanied with economic barriers that can hinder advancement of education.

For young people living with disabilities who’ve recently wrapped up their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam, the state through the National Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities (NDFPWD) is offering grants for tertiary education.

This programme aims to improve enrolment, retention and completion of education and the eventual engagement in decent and gainful employment for persons with disabilities. This grant aims to empower people with disabilities by enhancing opportunities for them in education, training and rehabilitation institutions.  

Individuals or their guardians can apply for financial support with fees for secondary, tertiary education, vocational training, vocational rehabilitation centres, universities and special educational establishments. PhD’s are not funded. The amount funded is for tuition fees and may include boarding.

The fund covers up to 75% of course fees, the applicant is expected to cover 25%. If a person is in formal employment they are required to cover 50% of fees and the fund covers up to 50%. In exceptional circumstances the fund may pay 100% of fees but the applicant will be asked to provide additional evidence of extreme poverty.

If a course lasts more than one year the fund will pay only for the first year initially. The beneficiary (the student) will be expected to fill in a report to the fund each quarter. If this reporting is completed and shows that the student is attending the course and making satisfactory progress, then the fund will aim to support the applicant for the following years also. 

The beneficiary (the student) should contact and apply to the fund in the third quarter of each academic year if they wish to receive funding again the following year. Please note that funding for education assistance is paid to the educational institution directly, not to the beneficiary.

The requirements for the Education Assistance programme include;

  • Duly filled Education form
  • Copy of National ID (if under 18 years the guardian’s)
  • Copy of admission letter
  • Copy of admission letter
  • Copy of fees structure
  • Certificate of previous course completed.
  • A letter of recommendation from the educational institution
  • Recommendation by the DSDOs
  • Proof of registration with NCPWD

Call this toll free number 0800 724 333  for more info or email info

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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