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."
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.
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