R.A. 10931 or Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
Signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 03 August 2017, Republic Act (RA) No. 10931, otherwise known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act is “an act promoting universal access to quality tertiary education by providing free tuition and other school fees in State Universities and Colleges, Local Universities and Colleges, and State-Run Technical-Vocational Institutions, establishing the Tertiary Education Subsidy and Student Loan Program, strengthening the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education, and appropriating fund therefore,” as stated in the title of the Law.
Programs under RA 10931
Starting AY 2018-2019, all Filipino undergraduates enrolled in SUCs and CHED-recognized LUCs will enjoy free tuition, miscellaneous, and other school fees, subject to the ff.
- Pass/meet the admission and retention policies of the institution (no age or financial requirements);
- No previous undergraduate degree; and
- Not overstaying at the college level (e.g., maximum residency rule plus one-year grace period as provided by law)
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Another program under RA 10931 is the Tertiary Education Subsidy Program. This program is given to qualified students enrolled in CHED-recognized public and private higher education institutions to support at least the partial cost of tertiary education, inclusive of education-related expenses. It also provided access to quality tertiary education in city or town without state or local universities and colleges.
Qualified beneficiaries are given a subsidy grant of 60,000 pesos per academic year to those enrolled in private higher education institutions and 40,000.00 pesos to those enrolled in SUCs or LUCs. Additional benefits are given to beneficiaries identified as PWDs of which an additional 30,000.00 pesos per academic year is given.
For beneficiaries who are enrolled in a program requiring professional license or certification, an additional stipend up to 10,000.00 pesos can be claimed as a reimbursement for the one-time cost of obtaining the first professional credentials or qualifications, which may include notarial fees, review classes fees, insurance premium fees and documentation fees.
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The student loan program or SLP is a loan program of our government to support Filipino student’s expenses in pursuing undergraduate studies, licensure examination reviews, and graduate studies including medicine and law.
SLP offers a loanable amount with the maximum of SIXTY THOUSAND pesos in every program cycle with no interest if paid within the loan term. The loaned amount may be used for the following:
- tuition fees and other school fees
- books and other supplemental learning materials
- tertiary education allowance
- and, review for licensure examinations.
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Starting Academic Year 2018-2019, all Filipino learners enrolled in their first National Certificate I or II in any public Technical-Vocational Institution registered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA, shall be able to avail of Free TVET.
Aside from the tuition and other school fees, the learners shall be given allowances to support their training expenses including their living allowance, instructional materials allowance, national competency assessment fee, and starter tool kits.
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