The administration of the University of the Philippines Diliman has suspended the collection of tuition charges for the primary semester of college yr 2017-2018 because it has but to find out what number of college students are making use of for the subsidy.
UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan defined that underneath Commission on Higher Education pointers for the implementation of the free tuition fee coverage, undergraduate college students are prioritized by want.
The state college’s finances for the implementation of the coverage, he mentioned, is just P183 million for the semester.
“This fund will not be sufficient to cover all students, and is limited to tuition fees alone, meaning even the poorest students will still have to pay miscellaneous fees,” Tan mentioned in a press release.
He mentioned UP Diliman’s suspension of tuition fee collection is in keeping with CHED’s pointers.
“[UP Diliman] is at the stage of calling students to apply for this subsidy, which requires documentation, mainly income tax returns. The number of applications will allow us to better assess the needs for subsidies, and to look for additional sources of support, if needed,” Tan mentioned.
The college official mentioned the suspension of tuition fee collection will not be a case remoted to UP Diliman.
“Most of the other state universities and colleges (SUCs) did this as well because of the CHED tuition subsidy scheme,” he mentioned.
While most SUCs which benefited from the free tuition coverage had their registration and begin of courses in June, Tan mentioned UP’s scenario is totally different since its registration and begin of courses was late.
“In addition to the CHED scheme, we now have a bill on universal access to tertiary education that has passed a bicameral committee. This bill is more extensive, covering tuition and miscellaneous fees,” he mentioned.
“This development means UP has to be even more careful about collection of payments. We do not want to collect fees and then have to refund, or worse, to ask for additional payments,” Tan added.
Word unfold that UP Diliman is not going to be gathering tuition charges for the college yr due to the federal government’s free tuition coverage.
Tan, nevertheless, mentioned the experiences had been a “misinterpretation” of the administration’s choice.
“To reiterate, we have only suspended collection of payments for undergraduates. We support the calls for the passage of the universal access to tertiary education bill and the provision of adequate funds to implement whatever subsidies there will be,” he mentioned.