State schools urge students to enrol
as free college tuition becomes law

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STATE colleges and universities were pleased with President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing on Friday of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which would implement free tuition to in the tertiary level, and urge students to avail of this opportunity.

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READ: UPDATE: Duterte signs into law bill on free tuition in state schools

University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman youth and union leaders were hopeful as they gathered to discuss the law with the school administration at Palma Hall after news of the signing broke out.

UP Manila Student Council congratulated fellow students but asked that they be vigilant because there were hurdles in implementing the law like the protest of Duterte’s economic managers.

“If we would all stick to the principle that education is a right, no fee should be collected at all regardless of one’s socio-economic background,” the student council said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Last Monday, UP president Danilo Concepcion reversed the decision to suspend the collection of tuition in the whole university, which drew the ire of the students.

READ: UP proceeds with tuition collection for first semester of SY 2017-2018

Technological University of the Philippines said that while all its students would benefit from the program, it reiterated that those under the Student Financial Assistance Program would be prioritized.

Aklan State University had made its student assessment form for free tuition available to its students for the school year.

Naval State University (NSU) officially announced its website that it would no longer collect tuition from its students.

“We are encouraging out-of-school high school graduates and returnees to enroll this 2nd semester since the budget is large enough to accommodate new applicants,” Dr. Erwin Salvatierra, student affairs director of NSU, said.

Pangasinan State University shared Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th’s Facebook post on free tuition with the caption “And now it’s official! #noworries”.

Tarlac State University announced in that in its estimate, the budget for the enacted law could cover all its students for one semester regardless of academic standing and financial capability.

“95% of the students of Batangas State University are already assured of the Free Tuition Fee Program of the Government and from the budget given by DBM.” Batangas State University student council said in a Facebook post. RJ CARBONELL

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