CHED defers approval of tuition hikes

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THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has deferred the approval of the tuition hike increase of some private higher education institutions (HEIs) for the coming academic year.

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CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo on Thursday said the commission en banc has deferred the approval of tuition and other school fees increase to June 6.

“We have not yet finalized [approval of tuition increase],” Vitriolo said.

He noted that only a few schools will be allowed to raise their tuition and other school fees this coming academic year 2016-2017.

“The trend is decreasing. We expect that only small percentage of the schools will hike their tuition and other school fees out of more than 2,000 HEIs nationwide. We will know next week the figures

    because it is undergoing further evaluation. But it is lesser than last year,” Vitriolo said.

    “The expected average increase is also small because the general rule is pegged at the prevailing education deflate per region,” the CHED official added.

    Last year, CHED allowed at least 313 private colleges and universities to increase their tuition and other school fees.

    Across all regions, the average increase was pegged at 6.48 percent which means 283 schools or 16 percent of private schools had raised tuition, while 212 or 12.60 percent had increased other school fees.

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

    Hundreds of students on Wednesday trooped to the central office of CHED in Quezon City (Metro Manila) to ask the commission to reject all applications for tuition hikes for the coming academic year.

    About 400 schools filed petitions to increase their fees for the coming academic year.

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