The bill granting free tuition fees for students of state universities and colleges was signed into law and announced to the public last Friday, August 4, 2017. It is now known as Republic Act 10931 or the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act”.
To help the public better appreciate this good news, we are sharing the following summary to identify who are eligible for free tuition and other fees of` state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs), and technical-vocational institutions (TVIs).
Who are qualified?
- Students in SUCs and LUCs who passed the entrance examination and other admission and retention requirements.
- Students in state-run technical-vocational institutions (TVIs) under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). TVIs provide non-degree programs aimed at preparing technicians, paraprofessionals, and other categories of middle-level workers.
Who are not qualified?
- In SUCs and LUCs:
- Students who have already attained a bachelor’s degree or comparable undergraduate degree from any higher education institution whether public or private.
- Students who fail to comply with the admission and retention policies of the SUC or LUC.
- Students who fail to complete their bachelor’s degree or comparable undergraduate degree within a year after the period prescribed in their program.
- In state-run TVIs:
- Students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree as well as those who have received a certificate or diploma for a technical-vocational course equivalent to at least National Certificate III and above.
- Students who fail in any course enrolled in during the course of the program.
Can private school enrollees avail of the free tuition fee program?
Yes, they can.
Section 7 of the RA states that a tertiary education subsidy shall be established for Filipino students enrolled or intend to enroll in an undergraduate post-secondary program of an SUC, LUC, private higher education institution, and private and state-run technical-vocational institution.
What are covered by the subsidy?
- Tuition and other school fees in private HEIs and private or LGU-operated TVIs which shall be equivalent to the tuition and other school fees of the nearest SUC or state-run TVI in their respective areas.
- Allowance for books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses, including a reasonable allowance for documented rental or purchase of personal computer or laptop and other education-related expenses.
- Allowance for room and board costs incurred by the student. Allowance for expenses related to the disability of a disabled student.
- One-time cost of obtaining the first professional credentials or qualifications.
If you have questions about this brand new law, send us a message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.