Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB)

As part of implementation of the National Higher Education Policy of 1999, the Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) was established under Act No. 9 of 2004 and commenced operations in July, 2005. Among other things, the Board has been entrusted by the Government with the responsibility to issue loans to students pursuing Advanced/ Higher Diplomas and degree studies at accredited higher education institutions in and outside the country and to collect repayment for all loans issued to students since 1994, so as to make the scheme successful and sustainable.

According to the Act, eligible and needy Tanzanian students who secure admission in higher education institutions to pursue academic programmes that lead to attainment of Advanced/Higher Diplomas or Degrees may seek loans from HESLB to meet part of, or all costs of their education.

This stipulation is the legal interpretation of paragraph 6.2 of Higher Education Policy (1999) which ushered in cost – sharing in the provision of higher education in the country. Cost – sharing in higher education is construed to mean a shift in shouldering at least part of the costs of education from the Government, which had hitherto been the main financier, to the beneficiaries.

Higher Education Students’ Loans Board Loan application Updates 2018/19



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