Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV has confirmed last Thursday, November 9, that students of the 112 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) will not be required to pay their tuition and other fees starting this school year’s second semester
In an article from Rappler.com, Aquino, being the principal author of the law, said that the implementation of the law starting this semester will be supported by the Republic Act (RA) Number 10931 otherwise known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
The law is supposed to take effect next school year of 2018-2019 but the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) stated that it will be utilizing funds from this year’s budget so that students in SUCs will be enjoying free tuition and other fees earlier this semester.
Aquino said that the Congress will release P40 billion as an additional budget for CHED to help the commission in the full implementation of the free tuition next year.
He also said that he will be coordinating with his partners and staff nationwide to check if SUCs have complied with the law.