The Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance (STFAP) assigns students to any of 6 brackets, which have different fees and benefits. Brackets indicate a students’ capacity to pay, as determined by university staff based on the information provided by the applicants on their declared family income and other family characteristics and socioeconomic indicators.
MANILA, Philippines – It’s been in place for 23 years, and not a single year has passed without complaints about the supposed arbitrariness, inadequacy, inefficiency, or effectiveness of the state university’s socialized tuition scheme.
On Friday, July 12, at 4 pm, stakeholders at the University of the Philippines (UP) will discuss: Do we scrap altogether or just reform the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP).
The forum – Surveying the Financial Affair Policy of the University of the Philippines – is part of #Kapekonomiya, a series of semestral talks on issues organized by the UP Economics Towards Consciousness (UP-ETC) and the School of Economics Student Council (SESC).
Other state colleges and universities are closely monitoring the UP experience on administering the STFAP. The government plans to include in its roadmap for reform in public higher education a “generic socialized tuition fee scheme” that will be designed in 2013 and piloted in 10 SUCs by 2014.
Will UP’s STFAP serve as a good model?
Arguing for the scrapping the the STFAP will be Sarah Torres, chair of the student organization STAND-UP.
Speaking to defend the STFAP will be UPSE professor emeritus Solita Collas-Monsod and Juan Carlo Tejano of the Bukluran ng mga Progresibong Iskolar .
Representatives of student organizations and college councils will serve as panelists. The forum will be moderated by Rowena Daroy-Morales, director of the Office of Legal Aid, UP College of Law.
Rappler’s Voltaire Tupaz (@VoltaireTupaz), former UP Baguio Student Council chairperson, will be liveblogging the proceedings of the said discussion.
Joining him is Rappler intern Regie Ucang (@_regieucang), a broadcast communication student at the UP College of Mass Communication.
You can join the discussion at 4 pm by using #STFAP or via @MovePH, the Twitter account of Rappler’s citizen journalism arm. – Rappler.com