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Palace appeals to universities, colleges to go slow on tuition hikes

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Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan (right) of the Commission on Higher Education discusses during a news conference Wednesday at the CHED Office in Quezon City the Students' Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, a most exciting part of the government's student assistance program as it directly benefits students of the poorest families. The SGP-PA, with an allocation of P500M, is administered by CHED for State Universities and Colleges in support of the reform agenda for public higher education. Also in photo is Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman.  (MNS photo)

Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan (right) of the Commission on Higher Education discusses during a news conference Wednesday at the CHED Office in Quezon City the Students’ Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, a most exciting part of the government’s student assistance program as it directly benefits students of the poorest families. The SGP-PA, with an allocation of P500M, is administered by CHED for State Universities and Colleges in support of the reform agenda for public higher education. Also in photo is Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Malacañang appealed to private colleges and universities that filed notices for tuition fee increases for this school year to work with the stakeholders in achieving a compromise acceptable to the public.

“We appeal to them and we hope that the increases that they have applied for have been reached in proper consultation with the parents, with the students, with the teachers, and that these increases must be, if necessary, reasonable,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing in Malacañang on Thursday.

Sana naman let us work with the stakeholders to arrive at a solution or at a compromise that is acceptable to the public.”

The Palace official said she hopes that academic institutions observe the true essence of compliance to the rules by adhering to the outcome of consultations with different stakeholders.

Sana hindi lang surface compliance,” she said.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said the tuition increase notices filed by at least 451 private colleges and universities are not final and will be subjected to review by the commission en banc.

The CHED said the commission en banc will decide on the tuition increase notices when it convenes May 27.

The commission also said it aims to expand its scholarship programs to support students from poor families to finish their college education. CHED reported that there are around 45,000 students under its scholarship programs through grants and study now, pay later schemes.

A P500-million fund for the scholarship of some 4,041 students transferring to state universities and colleges across the country was allotted by the commission.

The Student’s Grants in Aid program for Poverty Alleviation will be aligned with the Aquino administration’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (MNS)

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