STUDENTS of state universities and colleges (SUCs) throughout the country will enjoy the benefits of
Republic Act 10931 or Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act earlier than expected.
In a radio interview, Sen. Paolo Benigno ‘’Bam’’ Aquino announced that the 112 SUCs will not
collect tuition and miscellaneous expenses from students starting this semester.
The law provides free education to students in SUCs, local universities and colleges (LUCs)
and TESDA-run vocational schools. Aside from tuition, the government will shoulder miscellaneous and
all other mandatory fees.
Scholarship grants will be made available to students of both public and private college and
universities. It also provides a new and improved student loan program, where students can apply for
financing for other education expenses.
In addition, students taking post-graduate studies can avail themselves of the new and
improved student loan program and scholarships under the law.
Senator Aquino said he was informed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that no
tuition and miscellaneous expenses will be collected from students this semester.
“Kahapon, kinumpirma ko na implemented na po ito this second semester. So lahat ng mag-e-enrol
this second semester, dapat wala nang kinokolektang tuition at miscellaneous expenses,” said Aquino,
principal sponsor and co-author of RA 10931.
Aquino also announced that lawmakers have allotted P40 billion in the 2018 national budget for
the implementation of RA 10931 for school year 2018-19.
Meanwhile, Aquino encouraged students who failed to finish their college course to inquire
with SUCs if they can go back to school and finish their studies for free.
“Natutuwa kami dahil ang batas na ito ay hindi lang para sa kasalukuyang naka-enroll pero sa
mga nag-drop-out dahil puwede nilang ipagpatuloy ang kanilang pag-aaral nang libre,” the senator