UP Manila, UP Los Baños : “No tuition fee for now”


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MANILA, Philippines - Two campuses of the University of the Philippines (UP) system have recently announced that they will not be collecting tuition fee from undergraduate students for the first semester of academic year 2017 to 2018 “until further notice.”

UP Manila, UP Los Baños : “No tuition fee for now”
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Weeks following UP Diliman’s announcement, UP Manila and UP Los Baños declared the suspension of their tuition collection for the upcoming semester.

On Tuesday, July 25, a memorandum issued by the office of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nymia Simbulan announced that UP Manila will not be collecting tuition fee.

UP Manila memo tuition
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The memorandum posted on UP Manila’s website reads: ”As per instruction of Chancellor Carmencita David-Padilla, tuition fee collection for the first semester of AY 2017-2018 is suspended until further notice is given by the Office of the Chancellor.”

On the other hand, UP Los Baños made its announcement on Wednesday July 26 through a memorandum from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shared on its Facebook page.

"As instructed by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr, tuition fee collection for undergraduate students for the first semester of AY 2017-2018 shall be suspended until further notice,” says the memo signed by UPLB Vice Chancellor Portia Lapitan.

Earlier this month, UP Diliman, the flagship campus of entire UP System, revealed its decision not to collect tuition fee from students for the first semester of the academic year 2017 to 2018 until the government has a clear plan about its tuition subsidy scheme.

According to UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) must be clear about the implementation of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Bill.

"They are not clear yet as to how much the subsidy there will be, [whether it be] partial or complete, and who will be eligible. Until they clarify, we will not collect any amount from students,” Tan said in a statement.

-- Mini, The Summit Express

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