CHED to parents: Brace for increase of tuition fees

June 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- An official of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of Region I said 13 out of 92 private colleges and universities in Region I were granted with tuition fee increases this coming school year 2017-2018.
CHED Senior Education Program Supervisor Danilo B. Bose explained during the KBP Forum last June 1 at the Sonshine Radio here, that the basic increase of tuition fees is about  0.09 per cent or P28 per unit.
The increase of tuition fees, Bose said, is minimal while miscellaneous expenses such as laboratory fees, library fees, etc. are regulated by CHED.
He said among those colleges and universities that are covered with increase of tuition fees in Pangasinan are Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City and Urdaneta City, Perpetual Help College in Malasiqui and University of Pangasinan-Phinma in Dagupan City and Urdaneta City.
Bose also said private colleges and universities could apply for tuition fee hikes in a school year but subject to the regulation and supervision of CHED.
For state colleges and universities (SUCs), Bose said,  this coming school year, tuition fees are free and will be taken from the P8 billion appropriated under the General Appropriations Act of 2017.

The P8 billion appropriations for free tuition fees for SUCs were taken from the unexpended budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in 2016.
” The free tuition fees in SUCs are subject to conditions. Priorities are the financially disadvantaged students who are at present enrolled or continuing students provided that the income of parents is below P300,000 annually. Transferees are not covered. Newly enrolled students in SUCs could avail of the free tuition fees if there are still balance of the budget that could accommodate them,” Bose said.
He said new students in SUCs should pass the admission policies of the school.
In Pangasinan, covered with the free tuition fees are the seven campuses of the Pangasinan State University.
Bose also clarified that the free tuition fee in SUCs is different from the proposed “free college education” under Senate Bill No. 1304 and House Bill No. 5633, which has already been approved by the bicameral committee of Congress last May 30.
He said, if the bill will be finally enacted into law, the “free college education” will be implemented next school year.

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