Free education law encourages Pinoys to get college degrees

The full implementation of Republic Act 10931 also known as Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or Free Education Law in the Philippines is encouraging more Filipino youth to get college degrees, according to Commission on Higher Education chair J. Prospero De Vera III.

The Republic Act 10931 promotes universal access to quality tertiary education for Filipinos by providing free tuition and other school fees in state universities and colleges, local universities and colleges and state-run technical-vocational institutions.

The law also establishes tertiary education subsidy and student loan program, strengthens the unified student financial assistance system for tertiary education, and appropriates funds for its purposes.

De Vera said the long line of students wanting to be a beneficiary of the Student Financial Assistance Programs (STuFAPS) provided by the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) is an indication of the positive impact of the free college education law to Filipinos.

StuFAPS are government-funded scholarships, grants-in-aid, student loans, subsidies, and other incentives for qualified students who want to finish college or technical-vocational courses.

De Vera said the increasing number of students seeking scholarships and grants-in-aid represent the bulk of Filipino youth needing financial assistance to reach their goal of earning a college degree.

College students who want to avail of the STuFAPS for the next school-year 2019-2020 can personally file their applications until the end of April 2019.

De Vera said a new online system will be implemented next year where applications and required documents can br submitted via the Internet.