Heslb Loan Application 2021/2022

HESLB Guidelines and Criteria For Loan Application 2021/2022


HESLB Guidelines and Criteria For Loan Application 2021/2022;

HESLB Guidelines and Criteria For Loan Application 2021/22 The Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) was established by HESLB Act (CAP 178) and became operational 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 July 1, 2021 through August 30, 2021.



All loan applicants for Academic Year 2021/2022 are required to:

  • Read and follow application procedures stated in these guidelines for Academic Year 2021/2022;
  • Ensure that the Form Four Index Number provided when applying for loans matches with the one used in your application for admission;
  • Applicants who seated for Form Four Examinations more than once are reminded to list all Form Four index numbers used while applying for loans.
  • Ensure that all documents submitted to support your application have been certified by relevant authorities as specified in the guidelines;
  • Ensure that all birth/death certificates and other certificates are certified by Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA), and Zanzibar Civil

Status Registration Agency (ZCSRA) “Wakala wa Usajili wa Matukio ya Kijamii Zanzibar “or designated officer(s) to ascertain their validity;

  • Ensure all Birth certificates for students who were born in foreign countries are certified by respective Embassies located in the United Republic of Tanzania. Also Death Certificates for Tanzanian Parents who died in foreign countries are certified by respective Embassies.
  • Ensure that your application form is dully filled and signed before submission;
  • Applications must be completed with correct (and accurate) details;
  • All applicants are advised to keep a copy of complete package of the application form submitted to HESLB for future reference (if required) and
  • All applicants must strictly observe the set application deadline.
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HESLB Act and regulations provide for General Eligibility and Criteria for applicants seeking loans. NEEDY and ELIGIBLE applicants may apply for loans and/or grants to meet part, or full costs of their education.

Needy Applicant

In addition to general eligibility, additional criteria define NEEDY applicant who should not exceed 35 years of age at the time of application, who may:-

  • Be a poor orphan who has lost one or both parents (death certificate has to be certified by RITA or Zanzibar Civil Status Registration Agency (ZCSRA) “Wakala wa Usajili wa Matukio ya Kijamii Zanzibar “or respective Embassies located in the United Republic of Tanzania).
  • Be poor disabled student whose disability shall have to be certified by the District Medical Officer (DMO), Regional Medical Officer (RMO), or any entity authorized to certify such cases (as may be specified).
  • Have poor parents with disability to be certified by the District Medical Officer (DMO), Regional Medical Officer (RMO), or any entity authorized to certify such cases (as may be specified).
  • Be from lower income household and/or marginalized community whose secondary school or diploma education was sponsored. Applicants in this category will be required to ask respective sponsors to fill a standard proof of sponsorship form which can be downloaded from HESLB website and upload it along with other attachments in the application. The said letter shall be authenticated and regarded as evidence of such sponsorships.
  • Be from a lower income household and/or marginalized community, which is under Special Economic Support Programs for example TASAF. They should provide the program beneficiary’s number as a proof.
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General Eligibility Criteria as Pronounced by the Act

General Eligibility criteria require an applicant to meet the following conditions: –

  • Must be Tanzanian;
  • Must have applied for a loan through Online Loan Application and Management System (OLAMS);
  • Must have been admitted to an accredited Higher Learning Institution on a full time basis except for students admitted at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT).
  • Must not have funding from other sources.
  • 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.
  • For a student’s loans beneficiary seeking to re-apply for loans after dropping out from one programme/college/university) he/she must repay at least 25% of their previous loans before applying for a new loan. (Note: Payment of 25% of the previously granted loans is not a guarantee for new loan allocation).

Other Eligibility Criteria

  • Loans shall be allocated in the order of established Neediness, and programme clustering.
  • Continuing Students applying for loans for the first time must have completed ACSEE or other equivalent qualifications within Five (5) years,e. from 2016-2021 inclusive.
  • All other applicants who secured admission to pursue various degree programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 must have completed their ACSEE or other equivalent qualifications within five (5) years, from 2016-2021 inclusive.



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