Bam Aquino nainip na; Slams delay in release of subsidies under free college law

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV slammed the delays in the release of guidelines for additional subsidy for students.
Sen. Bam Aquino / Photo from GMA Network

He also blamed the memorandum of agreement between the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), United Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) and private higher educational institutions (HEIs).

Huwag pahirapan ang mga estudyante at magulang. Dapat ayusin na ang sistema para mapakinabangan talaga ang batas natin para sa Libreng Kolehiyo,” according to Aquino who is the principal sponsor of the free college law that was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

While tuition and miscellaneous fees are already free in state universities and colleges (SUCs), students in private school have yet to benefit from the provision of the Free College Law that provides a Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) for poor but deserving students who choose to go to private schools, Aquino said.



A part of the free college law, the TES is a subsidy for financially disadvantaged students to cover other costs of education, such as food, books and living expenses, as well as education expenses of poor but deserving students who choose to study in private colleges and universities.

Aquino said its guidelines should be released by the CHED as soon as possible to avoid confusion in schools.

At present, only SUCs and LUCs have access to the portal and students need to go to their school after enrollment to access it. Schools will then input the student’s name before requiring them to submit additional documentary needs.

The implementation of this law should not be slowed down by bureaucracy,” he stressed.


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Source: Manila Bulletin
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