10+ Cheapest Universities In Kenya (Plus Their Location And School Fees)

15 Cheapest Universities In Kenya

In this article, we'd be seeing the comprehensive list of the cheapest universities in Kenya, with their location and amount paid as fees. Education is a priority, something everyone must get. It doesn't matter if you're rich or not, for the fact that you're alive, there is an opportunity for you, thanks to the Kenyan education system. While there are some very expensive private universities where the children of the middle class aren't able to afford, there are other higher institutions where you can get the same quality of education at reduced costs.

Cheapest Universities In Kenya

In this list, we were able to compile some very affordable universities in Kenya, with the amount paid as fees and locations.
Before I begin, kindly note that this article was written based on the information available which is subject to change. If at any point you observe that it isn't correct, kindly drop us a comment or contact us with the email/phone number available in the contact page.

• Mount Kenya University (MKU)

Mount Kenya University is one of the largest private universities in Kenya with a student body in excess of 52,000 (2015). It was founded by Prof. Simon N. Gicharu.
The main campus of MKU is located in Thika, approximately 47 kilometres (29 mi), by road, northeast of Nairobi but it has other campuses in different parts of the country.
Location: Thika, Kenya
School fees: 36,000

• Kenyatta University (KU)

Kenyatta University acquired the status of university in 1985, becoming the third university in Kenya, after the University of Nairobi (1970) and Moi University (1984).
The main campus of Kenyatta University sitting at over 1000 acres is at Kahawa, Nairobi County in Kasarani Constituency. As of March 2016, KU has 12 campuses offering bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
School fees: Varies across departments, check the complete list here.

• Maseno University

Maseno University is a public university based in the Maseno district of the city of Kisumu, Kenya, founded in 1990. It has over 10,000 students pursuing programs offered in the university campuses and it is currently ranked among the best universities in Kenya.
The university has five campuses: the Main Campus, Nairobi Campus, Kisumu Campus, Homabay Campus and eCampus. The main campus is along Kisumu-Busia road, while the Kisumu campus is located in CBD Kisumu City.
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
School fees: Varies across departments, check the complete list here.

• Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) 

Technical University of Kenya is a public university in Nairobi, Kenya. It grew out of the Kenya Polytechnic and was chartered in January 2013 by then-president Mwai Kibaki.
In July 2009, the university college had the first batch of the programmes of study approved by the Senate at the University of Nairobi.
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
School fees: 80,000-110,000

• St. Paul's University

St. Paul’s University is a Christian ecumenical institution with students and staff from all over the world. They are focused on raising the standards of education through learning, in a Christian ecumenical atmosphere that gives room for people of all faiths to find a place of study, research, intellectual and spiritual engagement and growth.
It has faculties of Theology, Computer Science (Business, Computer Science and Communication Studies), Social Science and College of Health Sciences.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
School fees: 85,400

• Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Meru University of Science and Technology is a public university located in Tigania West Constituency Meru, Kenya. It offers courses in Engineering, Science, Information Technology and Business.
Schools in the institution include; School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS), School of Business and Economics (SBE), School of Computing and Informatics (SCI), School of Education (SEd.), School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA), School of Health Sciences (SHS), School of Nursing (SoN) and School of Pure and Applied Sciences (SPAS).
Location: Meru, Kenya
School fees: 45,000

• Kabianga University

Kabianga University was awarded a charter by H.E, Hon. Mwai Kibakiin 2013 and it became a fully-fledged university. It is situated in the Kabianga Complex, comprising the then Kabianga Framers Training Center, Kabianga High School and Primary School and the Kipsigis County Council Tea Farm.
It offers academic programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The schools include; School of Science & Technology, Information Science & Knowledge Management, Education, Directorate of Gender, Business & Economics, Arts & Social Sciences, Agriculture & Biotechnology and Natural Resources & Environmental Management.
Location: Kericho, Kenya
School fees: Varies across departments, check the complete list here.

• Kisii University

Kisii University founded in 1965 as a primary teachers’ training college on a 61-acre land that was donated by the County Council of Gusii. In 1983, it began offering Diploma courses after it was upgraded a secondary teachers’ college.
In 2007, Kisii University College was established as a constituent college of Egerton University and in 2013, it was awarded a charter to become the 13th public university in Kenya.
Location: Kisii, Kenya
School fees: Varies across departments, check the complete list here.

• Chuka University

Chuka University is a public university established through a legal notice No. 161 of 2007. Chuka University was the first institution of higher learning to be established in Eastern Province.
Apart from the main campus which is located at Chuka, the university also has other campuses at Igembe, Embu, Chogoria, Tharaka and Nairobi.
Location: Chuka, Kenya
School fees: Varies across departments, check the complete list here.

• Rongo University

Rongo University is a leading Kenyan University located in Migori County. The University was awarded Charter by H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya on 7th October 2016.
In 2020, it became the first African university to graduate masters students in Health Systems and Informatics.
Location: Kitere Hills, Kenya
School fees: Varies across departments, check the complete list here.

Other Affordable Kenyan Universities

The list isn't complete without me mentioning these schools below:
• Pwani University
• Mombasa Polytechnic University College
• Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
• Zetech University
• Karatina University
• Technical University of Mombasa
• Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University
• Machakos University
• South Eastern University of Kenya

What more? If any of the information listed above is incorrect/misinterpreted or any school is missing from the list, kindly indicate in the comment box below or contact us.
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