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.


Credit images: Photo Owners

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.


Credit image: Taho News