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The office of the special student advisor was created in 1992 in the
aftermath of the structural adjustment programme imposed by the Bretton
Woods institutions. Specifically, it required the Kenyan government to
introduce cost sharing in the education sector. Consequently, university
students were required to pay fees for the first time in the history of
higher education in Kenya.

This caused considerable disquiet among the students and their parents in
particular, students from poor families faced the danger of being locked
out of the higher education in the event, the government undertook to
provide a safety net in form of loans and bursaries to them. For this
purpose, University of Nairobi found it necessary to establishan office
that would identify such cases. But over the years, the original mandate
of the office has been expanded to include providing advisory services in
academic, financial and social issues. For example, it liaises with the
Higher Education Loans Board on behalf of the students.
The more desperate cases are enrolled in the work-study programme where
they earn a bit of money for paying fees. While the others are given an
opportunity of running business premises within the university.

Work study programme

The University of Nairobi offers needy students opportunities to work
within departments,units and the students welfare authority to raise funds
for subsistence during the course of their study.The services are
coordinated by the office of the Special Student Advisor and are available
to all bonafide module I students who are on session.

For more information on work study programme, please contact the office.

Needy Students Bursaries

The University of Nairobi endeavor to create an environment where all
students despite  their financial background can learn and excel to become
holistic graduates and contribute to the development of the nation.

Needy students who excel in their studies access bursaries and
scholarships from the University and other partners.

For more information on this, please contact the office.