CHED Reveals SUCs to Begin Free Tuition Fees, Senator Aquino Confirmed

As promised by the current Duterte administration, they are now urging those listed universities and colleges to accept the qualified students in order to study without spending anything.

The Republic Act 10931 (also recognized as Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act) is now in effect.

From the latest published news through, the beginning of the Students of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) will take effect this coming semester. With this new passed law, qualified applicants can enjoy free studies without paying for their tuition as well as miscellaneous fees.

Republic Act 10931 means free tuition in college without collecting the students.

From the statement of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, he said that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) confirmed that the SUCs are going to accept qualified students for the upcoming semester without requiring them to pay for tuition as well as miscellaneous fees.

“Yesterday I was able to confirm that this will already be implemented for this second semester. So everyone who will enroll this second semester will no longer have to pay tuition and miscellaneous expenses,” said Senator Aquino as quoted by

On the other hand, CHED made a clarification that this new law became effective than its initial plan because they were suppose to implement the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act by the 2018-2019 school year.

Sen. Aquino is the principal sponsor and co-author of this imposed law.

The RA 10931 is a part of the 2018 national budget proposal amounting to 40 billion pesos and this is a huge allocation to ensure better education in the Philippines.

The good senator likewise revealed that even dropout college students could verify the guidelines of the new law and apply for scholarship if they qualify from the listed SUCs in the country.

The members of the staff of Sen. Aquino and the designated partners are set to visit the SUCs to determine if these universities and colleges adhere to the guidelines of RA 10931.


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Philippines, New Zealand Signed New Memorandums, Includes Quality Education

In the recently concluded ASEAN Summit held in the Philippines, the Filipinos will have good news about the bilateral talks of New Zealand and the Philippines.

Both countries agreed to a memorandum of cooperation for quality education.

According from the latest news reports through, both the Philippines and New Zealand agreed to a memorandum of cooperation, wherein they want to provide quality education for the Filipino people.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte agreed to the memorandum on Tuesday afternoon at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Both leaders had bilateral talks and later on confirmed the agreement.

From the published information about the signed memorandum, it aims to deal with the “comparative analysis of bachelor degrees between the two nations,” which involved the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines and New Zealand Qualification Authority.

The signing of the agreement happened after the talks that involve David Strachan (New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines) and Patricia Licuanan (chairperson of CHED).

According to the statement of President Duterte, the memorandum is significant for the Filipinos to help them learned about education equality in New Zealand. He considered it as a good development for the country.

Based on the recorded data at present, there are over 50,000 Filipinos in New Zealand and about 4,000 are students there.

In line with this, the 37-year-old Prime Minister appreciated the time she spend in attending the ASEAN Summit and the Philippines.

“I see it as a real positive that my first personal visit outside New Zealand is to Southeast Asia. New Zealand has recognized the importance of this region for more than 40 years, but we have never been closer than we are today,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated during the signing of the agreements on November 14 as quoted by Rappler.

As for the data of the tourism department of the country, it recorded almost 29,800 tourists from New Zealand from 2016 until this year. In the other hand, almost 23,120 Filipinos went to New Zealand and this definitely showed great improvement for the past few years.

Besides the agreement to improve the quality of education and tourism, both nations likewise inked to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve their ties in airline transportation.


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CHED to Offer Free Tuition for Medical Students, Designates 8 SUCs Already

For the aspiring medical students in the Philippines, the good news came from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to help them achieve their goals. For those students who qualify, they will have an opportunity to receive free tuition in different state universities and colleges (SUCs).

The free tuition will be available for the school year 2017-2018.

According from the news online, CHED had already allocated the amount of P317.1 million to provide aspiring medical students with free education as part of their prepared budget for 2017. At least eight state universities as well as colleges will be part of this program.

The announcement came from Prospero de Vera III on Tuesday, which he posted through a social media network online. Rappler likewise confirmed the good news on Wednesday to CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan during an interview.

“Doctors of Medicine students in the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) can now avail and enjoy full tuition subsidy through the Cash Grants to Medical Students enrolled in State Universities and Colleges (CGMS-SUCs) program of the Duterte administration,” as stated by the joint memorandum circular of CHED and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and quoted by the news.

De Vera is the current commissioner of CHED.

The following eight SUCs offer full tuition subsidy through the Cash Grants to qualified Medical Students for the program:

  • Bicol University
  • Cagayan State University
  • Mariano Marcos State University
  • Mindanao State University
  • University of the Philippines-Leyte
  • University of the Philippines-Manila
  • University of Northern Philippines
  • West Visayas State University

According to the commission, each of this school will get almost P39 million for the program implementation.


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CHED to Offer Scholarship Grants for Affected Teachers after K-12 Implementation

Last month, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) revealed that the K to 12 transitions might affect faculty members once it begins to alter the typical education programs. The commission promised to offer scholarship grants for those who will qualify.

From the recent information shared online, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) assured some teachers a chance to apply for the available scholarship grants if the planned K to 12 transitions started to affect their careers. As stated by the commission, there are informing both private and public higher education schools to nominate those teachers to apply for full scholarship plans to suit them better for the K to 12 programs.

They will offer master degrees to those who can qualify and will be receiving monthly allowance too. Of course, the commission shoulders all the tuition and other charges in full amount.

As stated by Patricia Licuanan, both faculty members and people separated from jobs because of the K to 12 Program are eligible to submit their applications to avail the scholarship grants.

“We recognize that the implementation of the K to 12 is taking a toll on enrollment in our institutions, as well as the teaching loads and income of our faculty. Let’s focus on turning these challenges into opportunities by upgrading their qualifications and skills and keeping them employed. We enjoin all HEIs to explore our scholarships and grants, and work together to address these challenges,” said Licuanan as quoted by

She added that, “While we continue to make significant progress in providing wider access to higher education, we are also making unprecedented investments in our faculty and academic institutions. CHED is equally committed to ensuring that this is access to quality education.”

Licuanan is the current chairperson of CHED.

From the records provided by the commission, almost 3,272 workers lost their jobs since they implement the new education program in 2016. They believe that more and more teachers will lose their occupations before the end of 2017.

This is the reason why they now offer scholarships for these people to work again after completing their degrees or doctorates.