The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) today announced that close to 900,000 students in 111 state universities and colleges (SUCs) nationwide are enjoying free tuition since June 2017.
According to J. Prospero E. De Vera III, DPA
Officer-in-Charge and Spokesperson
Commission on Higher Education
CHED officer-in-charge and spokesperson J. Prospero De Vera III, in a statement, said the “free tuition for students is in full swing” through the P8.3 billion realigned by Congress and approved by President Duterte in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).
De Vera said that under the 2017 GAA, P8 billion was given to CHED “to reimburse SUCs so they will not collect tuition fees from their students” while P300 million was allocated to provide free tuition to medical students in eight SUCs offering medicine like 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.
“The CHED has downloaded almost P3 billion of the P8-B reimbursement to almost all SUCs as of February 2018,” De Vera said. This sum covers Free Tuition granted to 888,799 enrolled students in 111 SUCs in the First Semester of SY 2017-2018.
De Vera also noted that a “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.”
Based on their Budget of Expenditures and Sources of Financing submitted to the DBM in 2016, De Vera said “almost all of the 112 SUCs have received their financial reimbursements” for free tuition 2017. “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,” he added.
Meanwhile, De Vera said CHED is “currently processing billings for payment to all SUCs” for their second semester enrollment and has advised all SUCs to submit complete requirements on or before February 19, 2018 to expedite payment to them.