Students in state universities and colleges will no longer pay tuition this year, due to the realignment of P8.3 billion in Commission on Higher Education’s 2017 budget.
The P8.3-billion budget allocation will cover the tuition of students in SUCs.
The aim is to remove tuition from the usual education expenses. The budget allocation will totally compensate the schools as they are no longer allowed to collect tuition fees.
Several government agencies are now drafting the implementing guidelines on the utilization of the budget.
They have all expressed concern on the difficult challenge of appropriating the budget. However, without the implementing guidelines, CHED can not use the budget. The implementation guidelines must be defined properly, so that all stakeholders can be assured that the budget has been used properly.
Senate Bill 1304 or the Free Higher Education for All Act was expected to be approved on third and final reading at the Senate last March 13, 2017.
Qualifications for a Tuition Free Subsidy
Filipino students who are currently enrolled or will enroll in SUCs for a bachelor’s degree, a certificate degree, or any comparable undergraduate degree are qualified to avail the full tuition subsidy.
However, applicants for the tuition free subsidy must meet the admission requirements of the state universities and colleges.
For those who are capable of paying their own tuition, they will be encouraged to opt out of the tuition fee subsidy or make a donation to the school.
Students who already possess bachelor’s degree or any equivalent degree in any HEI, and those who have been “dishonorably discharged from any HEI… for any reason other than financial difficulty in paying tuition and other fees are not qualified.
The Commission on Higher Education will manage and administer the fund, and assigned to resolve and mediate disputes concerning ineligibility or disqualification of students from the full tuition subsidy.