Good news for parents and state university students! You no longer need to pay tuition and miscellaneous fees this coming school year (June 2018)!
According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), state universities and colleges are covered by the P8-billion free tuition and miscellaneous fees, following the release of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017. CHED will visit the different state universities and colleges in the country to announce the good news.
Who will get free tuition under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017?
According to the CHED, all students who are enrolled or will enroll in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), accredited Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs), and publicly-run Technical-Vocational Institutions (TVIs) are entitled to free tuition and other fees as long as they fulfill the admission and retention standards of the school.
How does a student qualify for the free tuition fee?
The student must have taken and successfully passed the admission and retention requirements of the school. He or she must not have an undergraduate degree and not considered as an overstaying student (or has stayed beyond the prescribed school years of his chosen course).
How will the school determine qualified students?
A student’s family income is no longer considered as a basis for his qualification to the free tuition fee program. The government’s thrust is to not discriminate the scholars based on their parents’ income or capacity to earn. As far as the administration is concerned, everyone must be entitled to free education for as long as they pass the qualifying examinations. The income requirement shall be applied only to determine who among the scholars must be given additional financial support; as it is, all students must be able to go to school without worrying about his or her tuition fee.
How much stipend can scholars expect from the government?
For state university students, a budget of Php 40,000 per school year (10 months) will be allocated per student. This will be given on a staggered basis until the 10-month school year is completed. If the student is studying in a private university, the scholar will be given Php 60,000. The budget for private university students is reserved for the underprivileged but qualified to study in the institution based on his exams.
So there you have it! This school year should be less stressful for most parents and students as all they need to do now is pass the qualifying exams in order to study for free. Let us take advantage of this privilege afforded to us by the government by studying harder, learning as much as we can from our institutions, and graduate with flying colors.
This is something we definitely will be looking forward to! Tell us what you think of this news.