HESLB Guidelines and Criteria for Loan application 2023/2024. The Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) was established by HESLB Act (CAP 178) and became effective in July 2005. HESLB is mandated
to, among others, issue loans and or grants to needy and eligible students.
HESLB Guidelines and Criteria for Loan application 2024/2024
Application window for Academic Year 2022/2023 will be open from 15th July, 2022 through 30th September, 2022.
All loan applicants for Academic Year 2023/2024 are required to observe the following:-
(i) Read and follow application procedures stated in these guidelines;
(ii) Ensure that the Form Four Index Number provided when applying for loan matches with the one used in your application for admission to University or College;
(iii) Applicants who sat for Form Four Examination more than once are required to list all Form Four Index Numbers used while applying for loan;
(iv) Ensure that all documents submitted to support your application have been certified by relevant authorities as specified in these guidelines;
(v) Ensure that all birth/death certificates are certified by the Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA), or Zanzibar Civil Status Registration Agency (ZCSRA) “Wakala wa Usajili wa Matukio ya Kijamii Zanzibar “or designated officer(s) to ascertain their validity;
(vi) Ensure all students who were born abroad and or their Parents died abroad obtain a letter from RITA to validate the information provided;
(vii) Ensure that your loan application form is dully filled and signed before submission;
(viii) Ensure that his/her Bank account details are properly lled in the application form;
(ix) Applications must be completed with correct (and accurate) details;
(x) Each applicant is advised to keep a copy of a complete package of the application form submitted to HESLB for
future reference (if required) and
(xi) All applicants must strictly observe the set application deadline.
Eligibility to Get loan
HESLB Act and regulations provide for General Eligibility and Criteria for applicants seeking loans. NEEDY and ELIGIBLE applicants must apply for loans and/or grants to meet part or full costs of their education.
In addition to general eligibility, additional criteria define NEEDY applicant who is not above 35 years of age at the time of application also must be:-
(i) Orphan who has lost both parents or partial orphan who has lost one parent. An applicant has to produce a death
certificate approved by RITA or ZCSRA;
(ii) Student with disability shall have to complete and present a fully Self-Disability Form (SDF-1) to be approved by District Medical Officer (DMO), Regional Medical Officer (RMO) or any designated medical expert with recognized affiliations.
(iii) Parents with disability shall have to present a Parent Disability Form (PDF-2) to be approved by the District Medical Officer (DMO), Regional Medical Officer (RMO) or any designated medical expert with recognized affiliations.
(iv) From lower income household and/or marginalized community whose secondary school or diploma education
was partially or fully sponsored or supported by recognized institutions, and/or a community group(s), who can present evidence of such support.
All applicants under this sponsorship category will have to ask their respective sponsors to fill a Standard Corporate Sponsorship Form (SCSF-3) which shall be downloaded from HESLB website and upload it along with other attachments in the application forms. All SCSF-3 will have to be validated by a dully approved signatory and owner of the respective organization.
(v) From lower income household and/or marginalized community, which is under Special Economic Support Programs such as Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), they should provide the program beneficiary’s number and attach TASAF ID.
General Eligibility Criteria as Pronounced by the Act
General Eligibility criteria require an applicant to meet the following conditions: –
(i) Must be Tanzanian;
(ii) Must have applied for a loan through the Online Loan Application and Management System (OLAMS);
(iii) Must have been admitted to an accredited Higher Education Institution on full time basis;
(iv) For Students Admitted at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT), eligible students will be considered for tuition fee and books and stationery expenses;
(v) Must not have other sources of funding to finance his/her education;
(vi) For undergraduate applicants, must not have a formal or regular income from employment, either public or private sector.
(vii) Must be a continuing student with results/progress reports to show that he/she has passed the examinations necessary to enable him/her to advance to the following year or stage of study;
(viii) For a student’s loan beneficiary seeking to re-apply for loan after dropping out from one programme/college/university) he/she must repay at least 25% of the previous loan amount before applying for a new loan. Payment of 25% of the previously granted loan is not a guarantee for new loan allocation.
Additional Eligibility Criteria
(i) Loans shall be allocated in the order of established Neediness, academic excellence and programme clustering (priority).
(ii) Continuing Students applying for loans for the first time must have completed ACSEE or other equivalent qualifications within Five (5) years, i.e. from 2018-2022 inclusive.
(iii) All other applicants who will secure admission to pursue various degree programmes in the academic year 2022/2023 must have completed their ACSEE or other equivalent qualifications within five (5) years, i.e. from 2018-2022 inclusive.
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