Mumble about university fees around a parent or a guardian with a student expected to enroll in any of the institutions of higher learning in Kenya, and you are liable to cause severe emotional distress, anxiety, and frustration.

University fees are rising in Kenya more than they have in decades or probably a half-century after the government introduced a new funding model in which the allocation of resources is reportedly strategically designed to help students that need it most by providing up to 100% financial support.

Many national universities have increased their tuition and admission fees by over double if you look at the average Ksh40,000 – Ksh50,000 cost of joining a public university in the past three years or so and the now premium averaging Ksh200,000. In the whole case, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) or Dedan Kimathi University, which has its main campus 6 km from Nyeri town, is no exception.

High school graduates who are looking forward to starting their campus time at Dedan Kimathi University in the oncoming September 2023 semester will pay a cheap of Ksh172,800 for Business and Commerce related degrees and a high of Ksh340,000 for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science – the most expensive undergraduate course at DeKUT in the 2023/2024 intake.

The cost of studying at Dedan Kimathi University (courses + fees)

Take a look at the following Dedan Kimathi University of Technology course offerings and fees for first years joining for the 2023/2024 Academic Year:

No. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology degree courses 2024 First Year degree cost
1 Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science Ksh230,400
2 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry Ksh230,400
3 Bachelor of Science in Geology Ksh230,400
4 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Ksh230,400
5 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Ksh316,800
6 Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Ksh316,800
7 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Ksh316,800
8 Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology Ksh259,200
9 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science Ksh340,000
10 Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) Ksh172,800
11 Bachelor of Business Administration Ksh172,800
12 Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Ksh259,200
13 Bachelor of Science (Telecommunication and Information Engineering) Ksh316,800
14 Bachelor of Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Management  Ksh212,000
15 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Ksh230,400
16 Bachelor of Science in Mechatronic Engineering Ksh316,800
17 Bachelor of Business Information Technology Ksh192,000
18 Bachelor of Purchasing & Supplies Management Ksh172,800
19 Bachelor of Education in Technology (Mechanical Engineering) Ksh230,400
20 Bachelor of Education in Technology (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) Ksh230,400
21 Bachelor of Education in Technology (Civil Engineering) Ksh230,400
22 Bachelor of Technology in Building Construction Ksh288,000
23 Bachelor of Science in Leather Technology Ksh230,400
24 Bachelor of Science in Polymer Chemistry Ksh230,400
25 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) Ksh316,800
26 Bachelor of Science in Geomatics and Geospatial Information Systems Ksh316,800
27 Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Modelling Processes Ksh230,400
28 Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Information Science and Remote Sensing Ksh316,800

Several education stakeholders and leaders criticized the high university fees in Kenya, with a section of opposition leaders saying that it stands in the way of rising enrollment witnessed in the past years and at a time when there is a lack of wage growth among many parents who are supposed to cover for the tuition costs.