The Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board has awarded 1 thousand 4 hundred and 95 loans to first year students at the Copperbelt University for the 2019/ 2020 academic year.
This is from a total of 2 thousand 4- hundred and 13 applicants of which 2 thousand 3- hundred and 95 were eligible while 18 were ineligible for the award of student loans.
Board Acting Communications Officer, Chiselwa Kawanda says under science-based programs, 8-hundred and 98 applicants were awarded with results ranging between 5 to 8 points.
Of these 6-hundred and 48 are males and 2-hundred and 52 are females.
Ms Kawanda says under Non-Science programs 5-hundred and 97 applicants were awarded with results ranging between 5 to 12 points of which 3-hundred and 66 are males and 2-hundred and 31 are females.
She says the criteria took into account the provisions of the Seventh National Development Plan which emphasizes on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Ms Kawanda says 60 percent was given to science related courses while 40 was awarded to non-sciences.
She said that only four students living with disabilities applied and were awarded loans.
Ms Kawanda said the loans for the first-year students will cover tuition, accommodation and book allowances.