Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2008

Full Length Research Paper

Correlates in granting students loans in Uganda: Thematic selection criterion and guidelines

Charles Muweesi
  • Charles Muweesi
  • Institute of Comparative and International Education, Zhejiang Normal University, China.
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Shizhou Lou
  • Shizhou Lou
  • Institute of Comparative and International Education, Zhejiang Normal University, China.
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Muwagga Anthony Mugagga
  • Muwagga Anthony Mugagga
  • College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University, Uganda.
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Wang Cuiying
  • Wang Cuiying
  • Institute of Comparative and International Education, Zhejiang Normal University, China.
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Ssali Francis Kizza
  • Ssali Francis Kizza
  • College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University, Uganda.
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Robert Tomusange
  • Robert Tomusange
  • Department of Education, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, China.
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Mugenyi Disan Kuteesa
  • Mugenyi Disan Kuteesa
  • Department of Educational Foundations and Educational Psychology, Kyambogo University, Uganda.
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Namagero Shira Tendo
  • Namagero Shira Tendo
  • Department of Education, Faculty of Science and Education Busitema University, Uganda.
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  •  Received: 28 April 2021
  •  Accepted: 06 September 2022
  •  Published: 31 October 2022

Abstract

This mixed research study focused on the selection criterion and guidelines used by the Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) in granting students loan scheme to University Students in Uganda with a sample from Makerere University. Findings revealed that the majority of the loan beneficiaries are aware of these guidelines and one to benefit from the scheme had to formally pass A level education stage with 3 principle passes in a science subjects combination and are selected after filling a standard application form. Although many come from low economic family status with heavy household poverty, the study concluded that the selection criteria favors students who have passed science subjects and thus leaving behind impoverished students from humanity study disciplines/courses. Thus it recommends a framework for the need to revise the guidelines to cater and consider all backgrounds of applicants for this loan scheme irrespective of their course, family background and economic status to achieve the program goal as it's done in other countries.

 

Key words: Loan scheme guidelines, Higher Education Students Education Financing Board (HESFEB policy program, financing higher education.