Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid office provides an enabling environment and safety net through advisory, counseling and guidance services to needy students.

 Our vision is to support students to achieve their academic goals and aspirations. And our core values are confidentiality, empathy, professionalism, quality customer service, strong social responsibility, teamwork and tolerance.

The office is involved in the following activities;

  1. Liaise with the relevant educational authorities on behalf of the students.
  2. To act as a bridge between students and the university administration.
  3. To provide proficient advisory and counselling services to current and prospective students.
  4. To source for financial assistance for needy students. 


The office registers regular needy students who thereby qualify for bursaries, work study programme, scholarship and other assistance. The procedure for registration starts with the students being introduced to the office by the Special Student Advisor during the Orientation Week. Others are referred to the office by university staff or the general public. At the office or through the office website, they get details about the required information and procedure for registration. In particular, they have to write application letters detailing their family backgrounds and financial status. 

The application letters are then vetted by the Special Student Advisor for due processing. Complete applications are then issued with serial numbers and the same communicated to the students through the e-mail. Following on this, two letters are then dispatched to their referees (local assistant chief/chief and religious person) seeking confirmation of the applicants family backgrounds.  The applications and the reference letters are then filed.

University of Nairobi of the Dean of Students Needy Student Application Form.

University of Nairobi Work Study Application.


  1. Bursaries

Once favorable reference letters are received, a student is allocated a bursary according to the following;

  • A student with two peasant parents/low cadre employee            Sh. 4,000
  • One with a single mother                                                            Sh. 6,000
  • An orphan                                                                                   Sh. 8,000
  1. Work Study Program

Those students who prefer to enroll in the go to Work Study Programme instead of getting a bursary are recommended to the departments where there are vacant positions.

  1. Scholarships

Once donors confirm their willingness to sponsor students, scholarships are advertised.  And in this case, the main criterion is good academic performance besides being needy and fully registered in the office. Moreover, applications are initially assessed by the office before being forwarded to the prospective donor for the final decision.

  1. Special Cases

In some instances, students face acute financial problems due to theft of their personal effects or calamities befalling their families. Such students are awarded special grants depending on the prevailing circumstances.