23 Bicol schools eye tuition, other fees hike

NAGA CITY—At least 23 higher education institutions in the Bicol Region have submitted letters of intent to increase their tuition and/or other school fees to the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office V in Legazpi City.

As of February 13, 2015, the list includes the following institutions:




Albay

Polangui Community College - tuition fee only
Oas Community College - tuition fee only
Daniel B. Peña Memorial College Foundation - tuition and other school fees
Divine Word College of Legazpi - tuition fee only
Aquinas University of Legazpi - misc. and other fees only
Bicol College - tuition and other school fees
Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation – Legazpi - misc. fees only

Camarines Sur

University of Saint Anthony - tuition and other school fees
La Consolacion College - Iriga City - tuition fee only
St. Peter Baptist College Foundation Inc. - tuition and other school fees
Universidad de Sta. Isabel - tuition fee only
Partido College - Goa - freshmen only, tuition fee
University of Nueva Caceres - tuition fee only
Naga College Foundation - tuition and other school fees
Ateneo de Naga University - tuition and other school fees
Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation – Baras - tuition and other school fees
Mariners Polytechnic Colleges - Naga City - tuition and other school fees
STI College Naga - freshmen only, tuition fee

Camarines Norte

Our Lady Of Lourdes College Foundation - tuition fee only
Camarines Norte College – Labo - tuition and other school fees

Masbate

Liceo De San Jacinto - tuition fee only
Osmeña College - deferred 2-12-15
Southern Masbate Roosevelt College - tuition and other school fees



Of these colleges and universitites, it is still unknown which applications for increase of tuition and/or other school fees CHED will approve.

Last month, CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan said in a statement that the government agency will demand the institutions to strictly adhere to the rules so that increases will be “transparent, reasonable, and affordable.”

She assured the public that CHED is on alert against institutions that impose unnecessary fees on the students.

Meanwhile, she told the colleges and universities to assess the increases they impose and to spend money wisely.

The National Union of Students of the Philippines estimated that around 400 schools across the country are intending to increase their tuition and/or other school fees.

Licuanan, however, said that this is improbable. For academic year 2014-2015, CHED approved the application of 287 of 345 higher education institutions; and 354 of 451 in academic year 2013-2014, she noted.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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