The Centre for Self Sponsored Programmes (CESSP) was established by the University of Nairobi vide Statute XXXV in 2005.
It remained un-operational as its functions were being carried out by the University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services (UNES) Limited, a fully-owned subsidiary company of the University. UNES was formed by the University in 1996 with the mandate of carrying out commercial activities on behalf of the University.
To refocus UNES to its core mandate, the University Council, in consultation with the UNES Board, resolved in 2014 to transfer to the University the management of student fees, which was being carried out by UNES on an agency basis. Consequently, the University undertook to operationalize CESSP from 1st March 2015 so as to assign the management of student fees to it as it was established for that purpose.