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GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA FOR ISSUANCE OF STUDENTS’ LOANS AND GRANTS (HELSB) FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022

GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA FOR ISSUANCE OF  STUDENTS’ LOANS AND GRANTS (HELSB) FOR ACADEMIC  YEAR 2021/2022

Important Instructions to All Loan Applicants
GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA FOR ISSUANCE OF  STUDENTS’ LOANS AND GRANTS (HELSB) FOR ACADEMIC  YEAR 2021/2022
All loan applicants for Academic Year 2021/2022 are required to:-
(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 seated for Form Four Examinations 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 certied by relevant authorities as specied in these 
guidelines;
(v) Ensure that all birth/death certicates are certied 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 ofcer(s) to ascertain 
their validity;
(vi) Ensure all Birth certicates for students who were born in foreign 
countries and Death Certicates for Tanzanian Parents who died in 
foreign countries are certied by respective Embassies located in the 
United Republic of Tanzania; 
(vii) Ensure that your loan application form is dully lled and signed 
before submission;
(viii) Applications must be completed with correct (and accurate) details;
(ix) Each applicant is advised to keep a copy of complete package of 
the application form submitted to HESLB for future reference (if 
required) and
(x) All applicants must strictly observe the set application deadline.

GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA FOR ISSUANCE OF  STUDENTS’ LOANS AND GRANTS (HELSB) FOR ACADEMIC  YEAR 2021/2022

OVERVIEW
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. 
Application window for Academic Year 2021/2022 will be open from 9th July, 
2021 through 31st August, 2021.
3.0 ELIGIBILITY
SHESLB 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.
3.1 Needy Applicant
In addition to general eligibility, additional criteria dene NEEDY 
applicant who is not above 35 years of age at the time of application, 
also must be/have a poor:-
(i) Orphan who has lost both parents or partial orphan who has 
lost one parent. An applicant has to produce a death 
certicate approved by RITA or ZCSRA or respective Embassies 
located in the United Republic of Tanzania (URT);
(ii) Disabled student with disability shall have to complete and 
present a fully Self-Disability Form (SDF-1) to be approved by the 
District Medical Ofcer (DMO), Regional Medical Ofcer (RMO) 
or any designated medical expert with recognized afliations. 
(iii) Parents with disability shall have to present a Parent Disability 
Form (PDF-2) to be approved by the District Medical Ofcer 
(DMO), Regional Medical Ofcer (RMO) or any designated 
medical expert with recognized afliations.
(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, and individual(s), who 
can present evidence of such support.
 All applicants under this sponsorship category, will have to ask 
their respective sponsors to ll 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 authenticated 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 beneciary’s number and attach 
TASAF ID.
3.2 General Eligibility Criteria as Pronounced by the Act
General Eligibility criteria require an applicant to meet the 
following: -
(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 except for Students Admitted at the 
Open University of Tanzania (OUT);
(iv) Must not have funding from other sources to nance his/her 
education;
(v) For undergraduate applicants, must not have a formal or 
regular income from employment, either public or private 
sector. 
(vi) 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;
(vii) For a student’s loan beneciary 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 loans is not a guarantee for new loans allocations.

GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA FOR ISSUANCE OF  STUDENTS’ LOANS AND GRANTS (HELSB) FOR ACADEMIC  YEAR 2021/2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria
(i) Loans shall be allocated in the order of established Neediness, 
and programme clustering.
(ii) Continuing Students applying for loans for the rst time must 
have completed ACSEE or other equivalent qualications 
within Five (5) years, i.e. from 2017-2021 inclusive.
(iii) All other applicants who will secure admission to pursue 
various degree programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 
must have completed their ACSEE or other equivalent 
qualications within ve (5) years, i.e. 2017-2021 inclusive.
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