DepEd opens applications for voucher program

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday opened the nationwide application for the senior high school voucher program for the next school year.

All Grade 10 completers in school year 2017-2018 who are enrolled in DepEd-recognized private schools and are not Educational Service Contracting (ESC) grantees are eligible to apply for the voucher program.

Application may be accomplished manually until January 31, 2018, and online through the Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) at http://ovap.deped.gov.ph until February 28, 2018.

This year, students who took or will take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) test and the Philippine Educational Placement Test in the current school year shall be eligible to avail of the senior high school voucher program – provided that they passed, certified for admission to Grade 11 in school year 2018-2019, and received their certification not later than May 31, 2018. They may submit their application manually until June 15, 2018.


Grade 10 completers from public junior high schools and state and local universities and colleges, and all private schools who are ESC grantees are automatically qualified for vouchers and do not have to apply.

However, high school graduates in March 2015 or earlier; Grade 10 completers earlier than school year 2017-2018; incoming Grade 12 students who were not part of the senior high school voucher program in Grade 11; and students who are not Filipino citizens are not eligible to apply for the voucher program.

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