The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) released Monday, May 29 the approved applications of 268 private higher education institutions (HEIs) to increase their tuition and other school fees for academic year 2017-2018.
According to Rappler, CHED reported that the most number of (HEIs) with approved tuition and fee increases are in Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, and Central Luzon representing 16 percent of the 1,652 total private HEIs in the Philippines.
CHED said that the average tuition hike is 6.96 percent or P86.68 per unit.
The increase in other school fees, meanwhile, will be 6.9 percent or P243.
“CHED’s approach to the issue of tuition is holistic. In the light of contending concerns and interests in society, there is a need to balance access issues with sustainability of educational institutions,” the commission explained in a statement.
CHED said it approved the applications to increase tuition based on 4 factors:
The Education Act of 1982 (Section 42 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 232) allowing private schools to determine its rate of tuition and other school fees.
It also cited Republic Act 6728 or the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education Act that mandates that 70 percent of the increase in tuition be allotted for the increase in salaries, wages, allowances and other benefits of teaching and non-teaching personnel. Twenty percent will go to facilities improvement, while the remaining 10 percent will be earmarked for return on investment or for operating expenses.
Under CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 3, series of 2012 (Enhanced Policies, Guidelines and Procedures Governing Increases in Tuition and Other School Fees, Introduction of New Fees, and for Other Purposes), HEIs may also apply for tuition hike after factoring in such items such as the regional inflation rate and the financial standing of the institution, among others.
CHED also said the “education deflator” or the Regional Inflation Rate as determined by the Philippine Statistics Authority may be considered in applying for tuition hike.
“For its part, CHED ensures that HEIs meet the guidelines provided by law, especially the requirement of consultation, the proper allocation of tuition fees, and strict adherence with the processes that seek to make tuition and other school fee increases transparent, reasonable and affordable,” it said.