MANILA - The Commission on Higher Education said that next year it will implement an online system for students applying for scholarships and financial aid amid the rising number of applicants.
In a statement dated April 24, CHED said more and more students had been applying for its Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPS) following the enactment of the Universal Tertiary Education Law.
This influx of applicants had resulted in long lines at the CHED office in Quezon City, with some applicants saying they had lined up as early as 5 a.m.
"Medyo magulo po yung pila kasi naghalo yung Calabarzon at NCR," said Bernadette Grabato, a StuFAP applicant, in an interview last Wednesday.
(It's a bit confusing because [CHED applicants from] Calabarzon and NCR are mixed.)
CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera said the influx in the number of applicants in the CHED office was also partly due to the earthquake which struck Monday last week, which led to the canceling of office work for government agencies.
"We try to fast-track it. Hindi mo lang kasi ma-predict talaga yung volume ng mag-aapply (Sometimes you can't predict the volume of applicants)," De Vera said.
The commission clarified that the long lines were not the fault of the students applying for financial aid.
Besides the online application system, CHED will also provide dropboxes in its offices where student aid applicants can leave their forms and requirements.
Students can avail of up to P30,000 per semester of financial assistance through StuFAP.
- With a report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News