313 colleges to hike fees

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Tuesday announced its approval of applications of 313 private higher education institutions (HEIs) for increase of tuition and other school fees for school year 2015-2016.

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Across all regions, the average increase is 6.48 percent which means 283 HEIs or 16 percent l of private HEIs will raise tuition while 212 or 12.60 percent will increase other school fees, according to CHEd chief Dr Patricia Licuanan.

There is an average increase of 6.17 percent or the equivalent of P29.86 per unit while for other school fees the increase is 6.55 percent or the equivalent of P135.60.

CHEd said the figures are down from last year’s P35.66 or 8.13 percent for tuition and P141.55 or 7.97 percent for other school fees.

In the regions with the highest number of HEIs, the average per unit increase in tuition is P32.34 or 4.52 percent for NCR (National Capital Region or Metro Manila), P37.36 or 5.26 percent for Region IV-A (Calabarzon) and P35.60 or 6.87 percent for Region III (Central Luzon).

For other school fees, the increases are P34.79 or 4.01 percent for NCR, P501.67 or 5.26 percent for Region IV-A and P556.13 or 6.65 percent for Region III.

There were no applications for increase in other school fees in Regions II, V, VII and X.
There were no approved increases in Region VIII, which is still recovering from the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

CHEd said that in deciding on the reasonableness of tuition and other school fees, it took into account regional inflation rate, financial standing of the institution, financial capacity of students, impact of force majeure or calamities, quality track record of the school and mission and vision of the institution.

The militant League of Filipino Students (LFS) condemned the announcement.

“CHEd has just unleashed another attack on the youth’s right to education. Instead of providing accessible education, CHEd forces us students to bear the brunt of higher education costs and fill the pockets of school administrators with more cash,” Charisse Bañez, the group’s spokesman, said.

The group also slammed the commission for using inflation to justify tuition hikes.

“Inflation is a poor basis for tuition increase. We stand by the fact that any increase in tuition and other school fees is simply unjust because it only serves capitalist-educators’ hunger for profit,” Bañez added.

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