The University of the Philippines system will not collect tuition and other school fees from undergraduate students for the first semester of this academic year.
The announcement came after UP President Danilo Concepcion signed and approved Memorandum No. PDLC 17-21B on Monday, following the passage of Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 3.
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The new guidelines were approved by the Board of Regents through a referendum.
"All Filipino undergraduate students are qualified except those who already hold an undergraduate or bachelor’s degree, those who fail to meet admission and retention rules, and those who exceed the maximum residency requirement prescribed by the university. Students of medicine and law are also not covered by the provisions," UP said in a statement.
Students not covered by the memorandum may apply for financial assistance or discounts under UP's Socialized Tuition System.
Medicine students may also avail of a tuition subsidy under the Tulong Medisina program as provided in CHED-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular 2017-4.
A voluntary opt-out provision in the law will also be made available to those who wish to contribute to the University by paying their tuition and other school fees.
UP's enrollment system requires the assessment of tuition and other fees as the last step to enrollment. During registration for qualified students, this shall be set at zero.
Those who have been assessed but have yet to pay shall have their registration forms reassessed in accordance with their unit's enrollment process.
Meanwhile, qualified students who already paid will get a refund. UP will issue a separate guideline for the process for refund.
Last month, UP Los Banos and UP Manila first announced that it will not be collecting fees from undergraduate students for academic year 2017-2018.