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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

2017 Update: Free Tuition Fee Bill already passed on Senate.




TITLE: AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A FULL TUITION SUBSIDY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN STATE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES (SUCS), AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREOF

SCOPE: National - [FIRST REGULAR SESSION, 17TH CONGRESS]
DATE FILED: 1/23/2017
DATE PASSED ON SENATE: 3/13/2017 - 3rd and final reading
SENATE BILL NO: 1304
SPONSOR: Aquino IV, Paolo Benigno "Bam"
VOTATION: 18 - Yes
IN FAVOR: (18) PAOLO BENIGNO "BAM" AQUINO IV, MARIA LOURDES NANCY S. BINAY, FRANKLIN M. DRILON, JOSEPH VICTOR G. EJERCITO, FRANCIS "CHIZ" G. ESCUDERO, SHERWIN T. GATCHALIAN, RICHARD J. GORDON, GREGORIO B. HONASAN II, RISA HONTIVEROS, PANFILO M. LACSON, EMMANUEL "MANNY" D. PACQUIAO, FRANCIS N. PANGILINAN, GRACE L. POE, RALPH G. RECTO, VICENTE C. SOTTO III, ANTONIO "SONNY" F. TRILLANES, CYNTHIA A. VILLAR and JUAN MIGUEL F. ZUBIRI;

FINAL TITLE: AN ACT ACCELERATING UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO TERTIARY EDUCATION BY PROVIDING FOR A TUITION SUBSIDY AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN STATE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES (SUCs), PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS (HEIs) AND TECHNICAL-VOCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (TVIs), AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR.

STATUS: 3/14/2017 - Sent to the House of Representatives requesting for concurrence

RELEVANT INFORMATION:
ELIGIBILTY:
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.

NON-ELIGIBILTY:
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."

AGENCY ADMINISTRATION:
CHED is 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. The agency is also mandated to resolve and mediate disputes concerning ineligibility or disqualification of students from the full tuition subsidy.

The Commission must also come up with the following:
  1. a reporting mechanism where SUCs will indicate the exact amount of tuition subsidy availed by a student
  2. an "efficient and transparent mechanism" that will ensure the payment of the tuition subsidy to respective SUCs
Nat'l Budget Allocation - 2017: P8.3-billion ($164.98 million)

Senate Bill 1304 Proposed Allocation: P15-billion ($298.29 million)

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