Tuesday, March 14, 2017

112 State Universities and Colleges may give free full tuition after the passage of Senate Bill 1304

Students with difficulty finishing their studies have a chance now to continue pursuing their dreams after Senate passed a bill that will guarantee a full tuition subsidy for students in state universities and colleges (SUCs).

Students with difficulty finishing their studies have a chance now to continue pursuing their dreams after Senate passed a bill that will guarantee a full tuition subsidy for students in state universities and colleges (SUCs).

The Senate Bill 1304 or the Free Higher Education for All Act seeks to institutionalize a tuition-free policy in the country's 112 SUCs was passed on Senate last March 13 with 18 affirmative votes.

It is sponsored by Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV who said, that the passage of Affordable Higher Education for All Act is a clear message from the Senate to every Filipino that they prioritize education, that they choose to invest, first and foremost, in students, children in the next generation.

Under the bill, CHED is being mandated to manage and administer an SUC Tuition Subsidy Fund that will be made available to SUCs that will comply with requirements set by the law.

Who is qualified for the full tuition subsidy?

  • Filipino students currently enrolled or will enroll in SUCs can get the full tuition subsidy upon meeting the admission requirements of the state university or college.
  • For students "with the financial capacity to pay for their education in the SUC," the Senate bill mandates the state university or college to create a mechanism that will enable these students to "opt out of the tuition subsidy or to make a donation to the school."
  • The bill also specified which students are not eligible to avail the subsidy: those who already attained a 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."

Here are 112 SUCs that may give free tuition;

1. Abra State Institute of Science and Technology
2. Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College
3. Agusan Del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
4. Aklan State University
5. Apayao State College
6. Aurora State College of Technology
7. Basilan State College
8. Bataan Peninsula State University
9. Batanes State College
10. Batangas State University
11. Benguet State University
12. Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology
13. Bicol University
14. Bohol Island State University
15. Bukidnon State University
16. Bulacan Agricultural State College
17. Bulacan State University
18. Cagayan State University
19. Camarines Norte State College
20. Camarines Sur Polytechnic College
21. Camiguin Polytechnic State College
22. Capiz State University
23. Caraga State University
24. Carlos Hilado Memorial State College
25. Catanduanes State University
26. Cavite State University
27. Cebu Normal University
28. Cebu Technological University
29. Central Bicol State University of Agriculture
30. Central Luzon State University
31. Central Mindanao University
32. Central Philippines State University
33. Compostela Valley State College
34. Cotabato City State Polytechnic College
35. Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology 
36. Davao Del Norte State College 
37. Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology 
38. Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University 
39. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University 
40. Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology 
41. Eastern Samar State University 
42. Eastern Visayas State University 
43. Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology 
44. Guimaras State College 
45. Ifugao State University 
46. Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College 
47. Iloilo Science and Technology University 
48. Iloilo State College of Fisheries 
49. Isabela State University 
50. J.H. Cerilles State College 
51. Jose Rizal Memorial State University 
52. Kalinga State University 
53. Laguna State Polytechnic University 
54. Leyte Normal University 
55. Mariano Marcos State University 
56. Marikina Polytechnic College 
57. Marinduque State College 
58. Mindanao State University 
59. Mindanao University of Science And Technology 
60. Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology 
61. Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology 
62. Mountain Province State Polytechnic College 
63. Naval State University 
64. Negros Oriental State University 
65. North Luzon Philippines State College 
66. Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College 
67. Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology 
68. Northwest Samar State University 
69. Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology 
70. Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology 
71. Nueva Vizcaya State University 
72. Occidental Mindoro State College 
73. Palawan State University 
74. Palompon Institute of Technology 
75. Pampanga State Agricultural University 
76. Pangasinan State University 
77. Partido State University 
78. Philippine Merchant Marine Academy 
79. Philippine Normal University 
80. Philippine State College of Aeronautics 
81. Polytechnic University of the Philippines 
82. Quirino State University 
83. Ramon Magsaysay Technological University 
84. Rizal Technological University 
85. Romblon State University 
86. Samar State University 
87. Siquijor State College 
88. Sorsogon State College 
89. Southern Leyte State University 
90. Southern Luzon State University 
91. Southern Philippines Agri-Business And Marine and Aquatic School of Technology 
92. Sultan Kudarat State University 
93. Sulu State College 
94. Surigao Del Sur State University 
95. Surigao State College of Technology 
96. Tarlac Agricultural University 
97. Tarlac State University 
98. Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College 
99. Technological University of the Philippines 
100. University of Antique 
101. University of Eastern Philippines 
102. University of Northern Philippines 
103. University of Rizal System 
104. University of Southeastern Philippines 
105. University of Southern Mindanao 
106. University of the Philippines System 
107. Visayas State University 
108. West Visayas State University 
109. Western Mindanao State University 
110. Western Philippines University 
111. Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College 
112. Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

Currently, the Senate is waiting for the version of House of Representative of the said bill. There are several bills filed at the Congress regarding tuition-free policies in SUCs as of the moment.

In 2017 national budget, P8.3 billion is allocated to provide free tuition fees in SUCs.


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kittychat8 said...

Kaya nga nag enrol sa public school dahil walang pambayad sa private, eh bakit pipiliin pa kung sino sino ang qualified? Pano kung ang magulang na babae lang ang me trabaho at ang Ama eh wala dahil lasenggo? Di ba qualified Kasi me trabaho ang Ina? Ay Ewan, kahit saan me discrimination, ang lahat na nag enrol sa public means walang pang private! Yun Yun!

Ria Hilis said...

Sana qualified solo parents :(

Anonymous said...

Sana ma qualified ako,gusto ko ituloy pag aaral ko

Anonymous said...

Sana naman wala ng madaming arte. I mean if you really want students to be free from tuition fees gawin niyo ng walang mga kondisyon . Pag may mga ganyan talaga parati merong mga conditions. We know that it takes process pero sana naman maging considerate kayo dahil ang mga kabtaan ngayon ngahihirap makapasok sa school cause of that tuition. Obligasyon yan ng gobyerno lalo na sa education dapat yan ang tinutoonan ng pansin. Free tuition wala ng conditions!

Anonymous said...

Okey lang nman siguro na may qualification and requirements para naman worth it ang libreng tuition fee...marami na silang mga financial assistance na natatanggap sa gobyerno meron yung mga studyante recipient ng 3 financial assistance..paano nman po ang mga nasa private..hindi po lahat ng nasa private ay may pera... iginagapang ng mga magulang nila ang pantuition nila...ang perang 8.3 bilyon na nakalaan para sa public SUC's ay galing sa mga buwis na ibinabayad ng mamamayan na nasa pribado at pampubliko...Parang hindi yata patas.
Sana naman kahit papaano ay mabigyan din ng programa para sa private colleges and university...dahil mamamayan din naman kami ng pilipinas na nagbabayad din ng buwis.
Tama yung isang magulang na nagcomment na kahit saan may discrimination...private ka man o public..

Anonymous said...

Paano po kung tulad KO guro nga pero ang 2 Kong anak d na makapag Aral ng Coll.kc khit may sweldo kulang talaga pasweldo ng guro,puro loans lang kmi para makahabol above the poverty line,isa pa self employed lang asawa KO maliit ang kinikita,ang anak KO Hindi nman katalinuhan kaya Hindi rin granted for scholarship.Paano cla mama map ago a fully ng pag aaral sa Coll.kung may mga requirements pala yan? Sana para sa lahat na kc ang teacher nman ay Hindi kabilang sa mayayamang pinagpala ng Dios.

Anonymous said...

Unfair ang mga ganito, ang guro na nasa teacher I hanggang teacher III na may 3 o 4 na anak at walang trabaho ang asawa ay hindi makaka avail ang anak nya ng mga ganito kasi malaki daw ang sahod ng guro hahanapan ng income tax, oo malaki sa tingin at isip ang sahod ng guro, sana naman makita ninyo na hanggang kain at prime commodities lang ang sahod ng guro. Priority ang 4PS yan ang naririnig ko na priority sila ng karamihan ng mga state universities, eh ang ibang nasa 4PS angat pa ang buhay sa mga guro, unfair di ba?Sino ba ang nag-aambag ng para sa mga 4PS di tayong mga nagbabayad ng buwis. Masakit isipin na balang araw ang magiging proffesional ay mga anak ng 4PS ang anak ng guro mabibilang sa mga kaawa-awang bata. Ako po ay isang guro at dama ko ang discrimination na ito

OFW said...

dapat nga wala pinipiling school ma private o ma public at walang condition at discrimination.