VIGAN CITY – Commissioner Prospero de Vera of the Commission on Higher Education said that for AY 2017-2018, only the tuition fees of government-owned colleges and universities are free and that these colleges and universities can still collect miscellaneous fees based on RA 10931.
This he emphasized during a press conference held at the Vigan Convention Center here May 11.
“There are only 13 miscellaneous fees to be collected and this is standard throughout all colleges and universities nationwide. I encourage everyone to report to us any form of violation so we can take up the necessary action against abusive SUCs,” he said.
These 13 fees are fees collected for school ID, library, computers, laboratory, admission, athletic, development, guidance, handbook, entrance, registration, medical/dental and cultural.
However, based on RA 10931, starting AY 2018-2019, the free higher education program of the CHED will expand not only to providing free tuition for all courses, subjects or classes but also free miscellaneous and other school fees defined by law to be availed by all Filipino undergraduates subject to admission/retention policies of institutions and future qualification policies mandated by the UniFAST board.
It will also expand the benefits of TESDA-TEVT enrollees including 4Ps and Listahanan beneficiaries who are not holders of NC3 or higher by providing them with free training and related expenses, living allowance, starter toolkit, cost of accreditation, other educational expenses and special expenses if necessary.
Under the law, short and long-term loans for educational purposes can also be granted to qualified ones.
Asked on the sustainability of this government program through the years, he said that its continuity depends on the success of the implementation of the program.
“And for the success of this program, we need the help of the media, the universities and the private sector,” he said. (EDWARD B. ANTONIO)