Free tuition, school fees for govt colleges Print
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:51

By RG Antonet Go

Approximately 50,000 tertiary level students in Zamboanga City are expected to benefit from an improved access to education program offered by the national government.

This after the implementation of Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act where P40-billion in funds will be given to state colleges and state universities nationwide.

Students may choose from any courses offered by state universities and colleges SUC) and local universities and colleges (LUC) and enjoy free tuition and miscellaneous fees.

The program will be made effective during the 2018-2019 school year which starts in June.

Atty. Carmelita Yadao- Sison, Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) OIC and Executive Director, said that the program is timely since it will also benefit another batch of K to 12 students who are slated to enter college.

“There will be an influx and napakaganda kasi mas marami tayong mabibiyayaan ng free higher education,” Sison said.

The program is an improved version of the Free Tuition offered by the government in 2017.

Under RA 10931, students will not only benefit from free tuition but will also be entitled to free miscellaneous and other school fees.

Other subsidies included in the program are the tertiary education subsidy where beneficiaries include the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and students residing in cities without SUCs or LUCs.

There is also the Technical Vocational Educational Training (TVET) where scholars will receive free training- related expenses such as living allowance, starter toolkit, and cost of accreditation.

Applicants should not be holders of NC3 certificate or higher.

Another program is the 2018 student loan program for students facing financial difficulty.

Interested students may inquire at the SUCs, LUCs, and TVET institutions for more information.

Sison said that there is no more reason for students not to finish their studies with all these programs in place.  (RGAAGo)