New law gives SUC scholarships to top high school grads
MANILA, Philippines – Around 80,000 underprivileged but top graduates of public high schools are now assured of scholarships in any of the state universities and colleges (SUCs) across the country.
President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday, November 27, signed into law Republic Act Number 10648 or the Iskolar ng Bayan Program, mandating SUCs – except the University of the Philippines – to admit and provide scholarship to the best-performing students in the graduating class of public high schools.
Under the program, the top 10 graduates from more than 8,000 public high schools across the country are eligible for admission to his or her chosen university, without having to pay the first-year tuition and miscellaneous fees.
A public high school with more than 500 graduates will also be entitled to one additional scholarship slot in SUCs. The additional slot will be granted to graduates whose ranks immediately follow the top 10 students.
As soon as the student enters second year in college, he or she can avail of the college scholarship offered by the government or the financial assistance offered by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The grant of scholarship and financial assistance is subject to certain academic standards which students should meet.
However, SUCs may limit the number of students to be admitted under the program given that the number of eligible applicants – 80,000 – exceeds 5% of the average number of first-time freshmen admitted to the university in past two years.
In the proposed budget for 2015, the government expects to allocate P3.5 billion for scholarships in SUCs and P2.2 billion for student financial aid for CHED. – Rappler.com