Sen. Bam says “free tuition in SUCs kick-off this semester”

  • Sen. Bam Aquino announces free tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses for students
  • This will cover all students of state universities and colleges (SUCs) nationwide
  • Program will be implemented this semester

Good news to all students of state universities and colleges (SUCs) all over the country: You will enjoy the benefits of Republic Act 10931 or the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act” earlier than expected!

The announcement was made by no-less than Sen. Bam Aquino on a radio interview stressing that the 112 SUCs from all over the country will not collect tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses from students starting this semester.

Earlier, the government said the law will be implemented starting the school year 2018-19.

As disclosed by Sen. Bam in an article published by his office, he was informed by officials of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that “no tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses will be collected from students this semester.”

“Kahapon, kinumpirma ko na implemented na po ito this second semester. So lahat ng mag-e-enrol this second semester, dapat wala nang kinokolektang tuition at miscellaneous expenses,” Sen. Bam, principal sponsor and co-author of RA 10931, was quoted as saying.

[Yesterday I confirmed that this will be implemented in this second semester. So all who will enrol this second semester must not be collected with tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses.]

The senator added that his staff and partner-supporters from different sites are monitoring all SUCs regarding the matter.

As such, Sen. Bam also announced that a total of P40 billion in the 2018 national budget for the implementation of RA 10931 for school year 2018-19 have been allotted by the lawmakers.

In revealing the good news, the senator urged all students who failed to finish their college course to inquire with SUCs if they can re-enrol and finish their studies for free.

Under the law, provision of free education to students in SUCs, local universities and colleges (LUCs) and TESDA-run vocational schools will be undertaken. On top of tuition fees, the government will also shoulder miscellaneous and all other mandatory fees.

Aside from this, other benefits to include scholarship grants will be made available to students of both public and private college and universities.

Provision of a new and improved student loan program, where students can apply for financing for other education expenses is likewise to be offered.

The law further states that students taking post-graduate studies can avail of the new and improved student loan program and scholarships.