CHED Scholarship Program AY 2017-2018: how to apply, deadline of filing, requirements


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MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has called for applications the State Scholarship Program (Full Scholarship and Partial Scholarship) and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) for the upcoming academic year (AY) 2017-2018. Check out on this page for the requirements, coverage, qualification requirements, financial benefits and the deadline of filing.

CHED Scholarship Program AY 2017-2018

To be clear on the details of the scholarship, we've made a lowdown on question and answer format:

What is the CHED Scholarship Program?

The Scholarship Program is in consonance with the mandate of CHED as provided for in Article XIV, Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution “to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all” and Article XIV, Section 2(3) “to establish and maintain a system of scholarship grants, student loan programs, subsidies, and other incentives which shall be available to deserving students in both public and private schools.

It is important to emphasize that this scholarship is a modality of financial support given to qualified students based on merit or talent. It is different from Grants-in-Aid and Student Loan which are also offered by CHED as part of its regular Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs).

How to be qualified on the Scholarship Program?

Under the State Scholarship Program (SSP), applicants may be qualified as a full scholar, partial scholar, or PESFA scholar. To be accepted under the program, the applicant should either be a 1) high school graduate; 2) candidate for graduation; 3) earned units in college; or 4) passer of Alternative Learning System or Philippine Educational Placement Test.

Wait, what is the guideline to become SSP - Full of Partial Scholar?

1. SSP- Full Scholarship - Intended for high school graduates whose General Weighted Average (GWA) is at least 90% or its equivalent, or for graduating high school students whose GWA is 90% or its equivalent in the third year and at least 90% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duly authorized public or private Higher Education Institution (HEI) / college or university.

2. SSP- Partial Scholarship - Intended for high school graduates whose GWA is at least 85% or its equivalent, or for graduating high school students whose GWA is 85% or its equivalent in the third year and at least 85% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duly authorized public HEI / college or university.

How about for PESFA? What is the difference from the SSP?

The requirement for PESFA is almost same with the SSP-partial scholarship but the scholar's preference is to enroll in duly authorized private HEI.

Check out the master list of CHED's authorized HEI here.

What are the CHED's priority courses?

Based on CHED's Memorandum Order No. 1 Series of 2014, the agreed priority courses are as follows (Note: Agriculture and related fileds, science and math and engineering courses have bigger chunk for the allocation of scholars):


What are the qualification requirements?

  • Must be a Filipino citizen;
  • Must be a high school graduate; candidate for graduation; with earned units in college; passer of Alternative Learning System (ALS) / Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT);
  • Must have a combined annual gross income of parents/guardian not to exceed Three Hundred Thousand Pesos (PhP 300,000.00)*;
  • Must avail of only one CHED scholarship or financial assistance program; and
  • Must not be a graduate of any degree program.


* In highly exceptional cases where income exceeds PhP300,000.00, the CHEDRO StuFAPs Committee shall determine the merits of the application.

What are the application procedure and documentary requirements?

Student applicants should submit the accomplished CHED StuFAPs Application (StuFAPs Form 1) directly to the CHED Regional Office concerned.

For Incoming Freshmen:

  • For 4th year HS applicants – 3rd year grade and first three grading periods of fourth year
  • For high school graduates – Form 138
  • For Applicants with Earned Units in College – Certificate of grades in all subjects in completed semesters

Other Applicants

  • ALS – Accreditation and Equivalency Test Passer Certificate
  • PEPT – Certificate of Advancing to the Next Level

Other Requirements

AAny one of the following:

  • Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) of parents or guardian
  • Certificate of Tax Exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
  • Certificate of Indigency from their Barangay
  • Case Study from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Affidavit of No Income
  • For children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and seafarers, a latest copy of contract or proof of income may be considered
B. Certificate of good moral character from the last school attended.

When is the deadline of filing applications?

The deadline of submission of requirements is on Friday, April 28, 2017.

What is CHED's selection criteria in choosing the next scholar?

1. Academic Performance is weighted 60%
2. Annual Gross Income has 40% weight

If I will be selected as scholar, what are the financial benefits?

Full scholars will receive financial assistance worth PhP30,000 while partial scholars are set to receive PhP15,000 per academic year. On the other hand, PESFA scholars will receive PhP15,000.

What is the mode of payment?

The release of financial benefits shall be as follows:

Mode 1: CHED regional office to release financial benefits directly to scholars
Mode 2: CHED regional office to transfer financial benefits to scholars through HEI with ten or more beneficiaries
Mode 3: CHED regional office to transfer financial benefits to scholars through authorized banks

Check out more details on the documentary requirements for the processing of financial benefits, rules to be observed as scholar on this memorandum:


Last year, a total of 2,368 students qualified under SSP and PESFA. 988 students qualified as full scholars, 690 were accepted as partial scholars while another 690 became PESFA scholars.

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