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112 State Universities and Colleges may give free full tuition after the passage of Senate Bill 1304

Students with difficulty finishing their studies have a chance now to continue pursuing their dreams after Senate passed a bill that will guarantee a full tuition subsidy for students in state universities and colleges (SUCs).

The Senate Bill 1304 or the Free Higher Education for All Act seeks to institutionalize a tuition-free policy in the country’s 112 SUCs was passed on Senate last March 13 with 18 affirmative votes.

It is sponsored by Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV who said, that the passage of Affordable Higher Education for All Act is a clear message from the Senate to every Filipino that they prioritize education, that they choose to invest, first and foremost, in students, children in the next generation.

Under the bill, CHED is being mandated to manage and administer an SUC Tuition Subsidy Fund that will be made available to SUCs that will comply with requirements set by the law.

Who is qualified for the full tuition subsidy?
  • Filipino students currently enrolled or will enroll in SUCs can get the full tuition subsidy upon meeting the admission requirements of the state University or college.
  • For students “with the financial capacity to pay for their education in the SUC,” the Senate bill mandates the state university or college to create a mechanism that will enable these students to “opt out of the tuition subsidy or to make a donation to the school.”
  • The bill also specified which students are not eligible to avail the subsidy: those who already attained a bachelor’s degree or any equivalent degree in any HEI, and those who have been “dishonorably discharged from any HEI… for any reason other than financial difficulty in paying tuition and other fees.”

Here are 112 SUCs that may give free tuition;

1. Abra State Institute of Science and Technology

2. Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College

3. Agusan Del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology

4. Aklan State University
5. Apayao State College
6. Aurora State College of Technology
7. Basilan State College
8. Bataan Peninsula State University
9. Batanes State College
10. Batangas State University
11. Benguet State University

12. Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology

13. Bicol University

14. Bohol Island State University

15. Bukidnon State University

16. Bulacan Agricultural State College

17. Bulacan State University

18. Cagayan State University

19. Camarines Norte State College

20. Camarines Sur Polytechnic College

21. Camiguin Polytechnic State College

22. Capiz State University

23. Caraga State University

24. Carlos Hilado Memorial State College

25. Catanduanes State University

26. Cavite State University

27. Cebu Normal University

28. Cebu Technological University

29. Central Bicol State University of Agriculture

30. Central Luzon State University

31. Central Mindanao University

32. Central Philippines State University

33. Compostela Valley State College

34. Cotabato City State Polytechnic College

35. Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology

36. Davao Del Norte State College

37. Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology

38. Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University

39. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University

40. Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology

41. Eastern Samar State University

42. Eastern Visayas State University

43. Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology

44. Guimaras State College

45. Ifugao State University

46. Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College

47. Iloilo Science and Technology University

48. Iloilo State College of Fisheries

49. Isabela State University

50. J.H. Cerilles State College

51. Jose Rizal Memorial State University

52. Kalinga State University

53. Laguna State Polytechnic University

54. Leyte Normal University

55. Mariano Marcos State University

56. Marikina Polytechnic College

57. Marinduque State College

58. Mindanao State University

59. Mindanao University of Science And Technology

60. Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology

61. Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology

62. Mountain Province State Polytechnic College

63. Naval State University

64. Negros Oriental State University

65. North Luzon Philippines State College

66. Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College

67. Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology

68. Northwest Samar State University

69. Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology

70. Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

71. Nueva Vizcaya State University

72. Occidental Mindoro State College

73. Palawan State University

74. Palompon Institute of Technology

75. Pampanga State Agricultural University

76. Pangasinan State University

77. Partido State University

78. Philippine Merchant Marine Academy

79. Philippine Normal University

80. Philippine State College of Aeronautics

81. Polytechnic University of the Philippines

82. Quirino State University

83. Ramon Magsaysay Technological University

84. Rizal Technological University

85. Romblon State University

86. Samar State University

87. Siquijor State College

88. Sorsogon State College

89. Southern Leyte State University

90. Southern Luzon State University

91. Southern Philippines Agri-Business And Marine and Aquatic School of Technology

92. Sultan Kudarat State University

93. Sulu State College

94. Surigao Del Sur State University

95. Surigao State College of Technology

96. Tarlac Agricultural University

97. Tarlac State University

98. Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College

99. Technological University of the Philippines

100. University of Antique

101. University of Eastern Philippines

102. University of Northern Philippines

103. University of Rizal System

104. University of Southeastern Philippines

105. University of Southern Mindanao

106. University of the Philippines System

107. Visayas State University

108. West Visayas State University

109. Western Mindanao State University

110. Western Philippines University

111. Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College

112. Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

Currently, the Senate is waiting for the version of House of Representative of the said bill. There are several bills filed at the Congress regarding tuition-free policies in SUCs as of the moment.

In 2017 national budget, P8.3 billion is allocated to provide free tuition fees in SUCs.


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