The University of the Philippines (UP) System will not collect tuition and other school fees this semester from Filipino undergraduate students.
UP President Danilo L. Concepcion signed Memorandum No. PDLC 17-218 on August 7, 2017 outlining the supplemental guidelines on tuition and other fees assessment and collection for this school year in light of the passage of Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte last August 3.
Concepcion signed the memorandum a full year ahead of the implementation of RA 10931. The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) have also not been promulgated as of yet.
“No tuition and other school fees shall be collected from Filipino undergraduate students,” the memorandum states.
UP’s current enrollment system requires the assessment of tuition and other fees as the final step to enrollment. “During registration, the tuition and other fees assessment for qualified students shall be set at zero,” the memorandum adds.
“For those who are qualified but have already paid, the process for refund shall be addressed in separate guidelines,” it says.
The following, however, are not covered by the free tuition:
- those who already hold an undergraduate or bachelor’s degree
- those who fail to meet admission and retention rules,
- those who exceed the maximum residency requirement prescribed by the university
- students of medicine and law
A news item in the UP website said these students may choose to apply for financial assistance through tuition discounts under the existing Socialized Tuition System of the university or any additional scholarship.
Medicine students may also avail themselves of a tuition subsidy under the Tulong Medisina program as provided in CHED-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular 2017-4, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the memorandum said students with financial capacity may voluntarily opt out by paying tuition and other school fees as their contribution to the university.