Monday, July 23, 2018

900,000 Filipino students enjoying free tuition in state universities and colleges




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Since June 2017 to date, approximately 900,000 Filipino students in 111 State Universities and Colleges nationwide have already benefitted from the P8 billion grant of free tuition, according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Around 1.3 million students enrolled in SUCs and local universities and colleges (LUCs) will finally enjoy free tuition and miscellaneous fees.


In a statement, CHED OIC and Spokesperson Prospero De Vera III affirmed that “free tuition for students is in full swing” through the General Appropriations Act (GAA) amounting to P8.3 Billion approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Under the GAA 2017, CHED received P8 Billion “to reimburse SUCs so they will not collect tuition fees from their students” while State Universities and Colleges offering Medicine courses namely, UP Manila, Mariano Marcos State University, University of Northern Philippines, Cagayan State University, Bicol University, West Visayas State University, UP School of Health Sciences in Leyte, and Mindanao State University ALL granted with P300 Million collectively to provide the free tuition to medical students.
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De Vera also said that “similar number of students are expected to benefit from free tuition in the second semester of SY 2017-2018 and paid out of the remaining sum of the P8 billion.”

The CHED official lauded that “almost all of the 112 SUCs have received their financial reimbursements” to benefit the free tuition for 2017 however, noted that “only two SUCs – Tawi Tawi Regional Agricultural College and Romblon State University – have not received their reimbursement for failure to submit necessary documents in compliance with the joint guidelines issued by the DBM and CHED in 2017.”

CHED is also preparing for the implementation of the Republic Act 10931 known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education (UAQTEA) by facilitating the release of its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), according to De Vera.
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He said that the fast – tracking of IRR for RA 10931 is “to fully implement this law which includes Free Higher Education, Free TVET, Tertiary Education Subsidy, and the Student Loan Program.”

“Additional stipends will also be provided to poor students for their tertiary education,” De Vera said. “Congress has allocated P40 billion in the 2018 General Appropriations Act for this landmark law,” De Vera added.

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