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LIST: 27 local universities, colleges now covered by free tuition law

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Higher Education says a total of 214 public higher education institutions are now covered by the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act

[ANALYSIS] Why the free tuition law is not pro-poor enough

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Its costs are borne mainly by poor and middle-class Filipinos

7 problems with free tuition law implementation, according to Salceda

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Albay Representative Joey Salceda, a principal author of the law, says only a few schools have received funding, while several students are unable to apply for loans

FREE TUITION WOES. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is unsatisfied with the implementation of the free tuition law he co-authored. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House power struggle, free UP tuition, Pope Francis | Midday wRap

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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UP records increase in applications from free tuition law

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The country's top university receives over 60,000 additional applications as aspiring students snake around the UP Diliman campus to beat the deadline to apply

CROWD. Crowd during the last day of submission of UPCAT Application in UP Diliman. Photo by Angie de Silva

DBM seeks P11-B budget increase for free tuition in state colleges

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says P51 billion has been allotted for the free tuition program in the proposed 2019 national budget, higher than the P40-billion allocation this year

HIGHER BUDGET. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks at the midterm convention of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges about higher budget for the free tuition law. Photo from the DBM

CHED not expecting exodus of private school students due to free tuition law

Mar 26, 2018 - 3:20 PM

CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says requirements for transferee students tend to be strict and slots are often limited

NO STUDENT EXODUS. CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III leads the launch of the free tuition law's implementing rules and regulations on March 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHED launches free tuition law IRR

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Starting SY 2018-2019, the government will shoulder the tuition and fees of students enrolled in 112 SUCs, 78 LUCs, and duly registered technical-vocation education and training programs

SIGNED. Lawmakers who championed the free tuition law watch as members of the UniFAST Governing Board sign the law's IRR on March 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

8 things you need to know about the free tuition law

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:30 AM

(2nd UPDATE) The law will cover the tuition and fees of students enrolled in 112 SUCs, 78 LUCs, and all duly registered technical-vocation education and training programs starting this school year

FREE SCHOOLING. Filipino students can also avail of loans for tertiary education under the free tuition law

LIST: 78 local universities, colleges covered by free tuition law

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says the 78 LUCs will no longer collect tuition and fees starting school year 2018 to 2019

FREE SCHOOLING. Several local universities and colleges will no longer collect tuition and fees starting this school year.

CHED OIC vows to finish free tuition law IRR by February 22

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:40 PM

'It takes a little bit of effort to craft implementing guidelines on things that we have never done in this country,' says CHED OIC Prospero de Vera III

IRR STILL PENDING. CHED OIC Prospero de Vera says several provisions in the free tuition law's IRR are still being finalized. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Free tuition law's implementing rules completed

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:39 PM

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says one of the provisions of the IRR include maintaining SUCs' allocations for each student to ensure academic competency

EDUCATION LEADERS. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, and TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong hold a press conference on December 5. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Free tuition for SUCs in 2nd semester of SY 2017-2018 – Bam Aquino

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:57 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Bam Aquino says Congress will provide CHED an additional P40 billion for the implementation of the free tuition law next year

FREE SCHOOLING. University of the Philippines Diliman students will be among the beneficiaries of the free tuition law this semester. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHR hits House plan to use its budget for free education

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:20 PM

I think that kind of a statement or a narrative is meant to confuse the people says Commission on Human Rights CHR Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz

CHR BUDGET. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz hits the House of Representatives' plan to use the CHR's budget to fund free college education. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House wants to use CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets for free tuition

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin hits the idea saying You can t cut the budget of a constitutional body then to soften criticism bestow it [on] a supposed loftier cause like free tuition

FULLHOUSE. Members of Congress and the Senate join together for a special session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

What's next after SUCs' non-collection of tuition in the 1st semester?

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:57 AM

‘Just because [President Duterte] signed this into law doesn’t mean things will be miraculously okay tomorrow ’ says the UP vice president for public affairs

ROAD TO FREE TUITION. The President signing RA 10391 is just the first step towards the full implementation of the free tuition law. Illustration by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

Faeldon, Free tuition law, Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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CHED asked to consider requiring financially able students to pay tuition

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman argues the free tuition law is social justice legislation that must benefit who it is intended for – the poor

FREE TUITION LAW. CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera III and Chairperson Patricia Licuanan face the House appropriations committee on August 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Funds from DICT, DAR, DOTr eyed for use in free tuition law

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The 3 agencies could get budget cuts in 2018 because of their spending pattern – billions of pesos in unused and unobligated funds – from previous years

FUNDING FREE TUITION. Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles heads efforts to source funds for the free tuition law. Rappler file photo

SUCs may tighten admission due to free tuition law – CHED

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Students who don t take on a full load or don t finish their course on time may not be granted free tuition says CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera III

Who will benefit from the free tuition law?

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Data suggest that by and large the free tuition law is likely to benefit the rich more than the poor

No tuition collection in U.P. system for 1st semester of SY 2017-2018

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:58 PM

The free tuition policy will not cover graduate students and those studying in UP s law and medical schools

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. This file photo shows the Oblation statue, an iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

Customs probe, Duterte, North Korea | Midday wRap

Aug 08, 2017 - 12:30 PM

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Congress 'carving out' funds for free tuition

Aug 08, 2017 - 8:31 AM

The House appropriations committee CHED and DBM are set to meet and compute just how much it will take to make sure tuition and miscellaneous fees are free for students in government run educational institutions

FUNDING A PROMISE. The House of Representatives now works on finding a way to fund a new law that makes tuition and other feeds free for students of SUCs, TVIs, and LCUs. File photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Duterte on how to fund free tuition law: 'Ewan ko'

Aug 07, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Eh pagdating sa kin alam ko man na walang pera Pirmahan natin ito Eh di sige says President Rodrigo Duterte about his decision to sign the measure

'Bulakbol,' rich? No free tuition for 'undeserving' college students – Lacson

Aug 06, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson calls for the removal of pork barrel from the 2018 budget to fund free college tuition in state universities and colleges

FREE TUITION. The House passes on 3rd and final reading the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. File photo by Mark Demayo

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Aug 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

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NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

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Aug 04, 2017 - 7:54 PM

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LIST: State colleges and universities covered by free tuition law

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Here are the 112 SUCs covered by the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act signed by President Rodrigo Duterte

Free tertiary education 'lasting legacy' of Duterte gov't

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Lawmakers from both the majority and minority blocs laud the signing into law of the measure – despite Duterte s economic team advising against it

YOUR MOVE. It will be up to Congress to decide on how to allocate funds for a newly-signed law that would provide free tuition fees for 112 SUCs. File photo of President Rodrigo Duterte/Presidential Photo

Free tuition fee, Parojinogs, Mueller | Midday wRap

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:28 PM

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Netizens celebrate the signing of the Free Education bill into law

Aug 04, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Less than an hour before the news broke out SUCs tops the trending list in the Philippines

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Aug 04, 2017 - 10:49 AM

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CHILDREN. Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr arrive at NAIA Terminal 3 following the death of their parents. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte signs law for free tuition in state colleges

Aug 04, 2017 - 10:12 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte approves the measure despite opposition to it previously expressed by his economic managers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 113th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) at its National Office in Quezon City on August 2, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the agency for its exemplary performance in tax collection as it will help fund the different programs of the administration. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to consider other expenses when deciding on free tuition bill

Aug 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The bill already on President Rodrigo Duterte s desk will lapse into law on August 5 if he does not act on it

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares the stage with Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Executive Secretary Salvdador Medialdea, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 113th Founding Anniversary of the BIR at its National Office in Quezon City on August 2, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Diokno, Tillerson | Midday wRap

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:13 PM

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Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an investment for the future and not an expense

Malacañang file photo

Mr President, before signing the law on free college tuition, please read this

Jul 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The bill passed by Congress to provide free tuition in public colleges and universities might result in poor families subsidizing students from richer families

‘Free Tuition Watch’ campaign launched on Facebook

Jun 15, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Students in 114 state colleges and universities can post on the Facebook page their experiences in availing themselves of the free tuition

REPORT. Students may report any kind of feedback about the implementation of the Free Tuition Policy through the Free Tuition Watch. Photo by Marian Plaza/Rappler

Bill granting free tuition in state colleges hurdles House

May 22, 2017 - 8:29 PM

With the Senate passing its own version in March the bill seeking to provide free tuition in state colleges will soon be transmitted to the Office of the President

FREE TUITION. The House passes on 3rd and final reading the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. File photo by Mark Demayo

Gov't scholars given priority under tuition-free policy in SUCs

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Budget and Management have issued implementing guidelines on the grant of free tuition in state universities and colleges nationwide

Senate passes bill on free tuition in state colleges

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

This passage of the Affordable Higher Education for All Act is a clear message from the Senate to every Filipino that we prioritize education that we choose to invest first and foremost in our students says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

FREE TUITION. The Senate has passed on third and final reading the Affordable Higher Education for All Act. File photo by Mark Demayo

Free tuition in state colleges: What the bill says

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Here s what you need to know about the tuition free policy as proposed in the Senate

Free tuition in state colleges: When CHED officials clash

Jan 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM

CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera describes his principal as insensitive and elitist after Patricia Licuanan made another controversial statement this week about the tuition free policy

Law needed to make free tuition in SUCs part of annual budget – Bam Aquino

Dec 18, 2016 - 3:42 PM

A law needs to be passed so that the allocation for free tuition in state universities and colleges will become a regular item in the budget the senator says

FREE TUITION. Senator Bam Aquino stressed that a law still needs to be passed to allow Senate to allocate budget for it annually. Rappler file photo

Recto: CHED row won't affect free tuition in SUCs

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:23 PM

Senator Ralph Recto explains how the Commission on Higher Education will spend its additional budget of P8 3 billion which is meant to implement the tuition free policy in state universities and colleges

File photos by Jee Geronimo/Rappler and from Sen Recto's Facebook

2017 budget: CHED gets P8.3B for free tuition in SUCs

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:56 AM

However the Commission on Higher Education has yet to iron out the details on what to do with the additional budget

Recto: Give free tuition to 1M state college students in 2017 budget

Dec 02, 2016 - 1:40 PM

The proposed fund if approved will be distributed to 114 state universities and colleges and will benefit students from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program households

Higher budget, free tuition in state colleges: Easier said than done

Apr 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

What can the presidential candidates do for higher education especially in the context of the ASEAN integration and the full implementation of the K to 12?

PROMISES. A promise common among presidential candidates is the increase of the education budget, especially for state universities and colleges. File photo by Mark Demayo