The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) ensured the continued provision of services to its stakeholders, including students and faculty at universities and colleges in central Luzon amid the pandemic.
In a statement, CHEd official and regional director Maria Teresita Semana said the support services involved scholarships that can be obtained by qualified and deserving students based on their merit, such as academic achievement, level of poverty, disability, age and ethnicity.
Student support will come from the commission’s Student Financial Assistance Programs.
There are 578 new scholarship holders for the academic year (AY) 2021 to 2022 under the program who will receive P 60,000 to 120,000 per academic year if enrolled in private higher education institutions (HEIs); 40,000 to 80,000 P for those of state and local universities and colleges (SUC and LUC); and P110,000 for an undergraduate degree and P175,000 for a graduate degree for those dependent on the sugar industry.
Records show that from 2016 to 2017, a total of 2,688 students benefited from the program; 3,902 in 2017 to 2018; 2,874 in 2018 to 2019; 5,171 in 2019 to 2020; and 3,018 in 2020 to 2021.
Semana said CHEd also has the Unifast programs under Republic Law 10931, which offers free tuition and other tuition fees to all students enrolled in SUCs and LUCs.
“For YY 2021 to 2021, we have a total of 180,251 beneficiaries here in the region. For previous years, we have 140,741 beneficiaries for YY 2018 to 2019 and 161,912 students for YY 2019 to 2020 “she said.
CHEd also provides additional stipends to poorer students to support their studies through the Higher Education Grant (TES) which ranges from 10,000 to 40,000 P.
For 2020 to 2021, a total of 32,803 students benefited from TES: 12,043 in 2018 to 2019; and 24,435 students in 2019 to 2020.
Besides students, the agency also recognizes the need for faculty members to continue their education and encourages them to undertake master’s and doctoral studies.
From 2016 to 2017, CHEd reported a total of 311 doctoral and 355 master’s grantees under its local graduate scholarships, designed to help manage the impacts of the K-to-K transition period. Grade 12 to upgrade the qualifications of HEI staff. .
Currently, CHEd also offers Instructor Knowledge Advancement Scholarships to assist current and former HEI faculty seeking advanced study.
Under the said program, the agency provides financial assistance for tuition and other fees, living allowance, book allowance, transportation and thesis or thesis. It also provides assistance to those who wish to pursue research.