The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) now accepts applications for its student financial assistance programs (StuFAPs) in a bid to make tertiary education accessible to all.
CHED Education Supervisor Yolanda Cordova said StuFAPs are in three categories, first of which is the full and half merit scholarships. The other categories are student loan programs and grant-in-aid.
Grant-in-aid is sub-categorized into four. First is the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process-CHED Study Grant Program for Rebel Returnees (OPAPP-CHED SGPRR) which is intended for former rebels and the legitimate and legitimized dependents which expands the access to college education opportunities. Second is the DND-CHED-PASUC Study Grant Program (DCP) which is intended for dependents of killed-in-action (KIA) battle-related, Complete Disability Discharged (CDD-Combat) and active Military Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Third is the CHED Special Study Program for Congressional district and party lists and Senate which is intended for the constituents for Congressmen, Party List Representatives, and Senators. The fourth category is the Tulong Dunong (TD) that includes other scholarship programs not covered under items 1, 2 and 3.
Cordova added that interested applicants must be a Filipino citizen of good moral character, a high school graduate or a candidate for graduation from high school, must have at least 80 percent general weighted average (GWA) based on Form 138 and a general scholastic aptitude (GSA) of National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE). NCAE passers with a 90 percent mark and higher gets full merit scholarship, 85 percent mark passers get half merit and 80 to 84 percent mark passers qualify for the Grant-in-Aid and student loan programs.
The applicant’s combined annual gross income of parents or guardians must not exceed P300,000. He or she must not be more than 30 years old at the time of application except for CHED Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process-Study Grant Program for Rebel Returnees (OPAPP-SGPRR).
Entering freshmen and/or college student in any curricular year level are qualified to apply.
For student borrowers, applicants must enter into a loan agreement with CHED Regional Office and must have a co-borrower who is a member of SSS/GSIS in good standing, at least paying contribution for six months for the last 12 months, and has not yet availed of any government scholarship and/or grant.
Cordova explained that the needed documentary requirements for the application are accomplished StuFAPs Application OSS Form 01 which is available at CHED Regional Office at the Diosdado Macapagal Government Center in Barangay Maimpis, High School Report Card (Form 138), Annual Income Tax Return or Certificate of Tax Exemption of parents/guardian from Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), certificate of good moral character from the high school principal or guidance counselor, certified true copy of grades during the previous semester attended (SNPLP applicants only), notarized contract between CHED and student-borrower (SNPLP only) and proof of SSS/GSIS premium contribution of co-borrower (SNPLP only).
Cordova disclosed that incoming freshmen and new grantees shall receive a package of financial benefits per semester but not to exceed eight or 10 semesters for a four- or five-year program.
Under the scholarship program, full merit scholars shall be eligible to receive P15,000 while half merit scholars will receive P7,500.
For Grant-In-Aid program, those who qualify for the TD shall receive P6,000 while those who qualify for the CSSGP-CDs/Senate gets P2,500.
Moreover, Scholars under the Student Loan will receive P7,500 as financial assistance.
The deadline of submission of StuFAPs applications is on April 30, 2012. (WLB/JGB-PIA3)