The IFSU - Scholarship and Financial Assistance Section is in close coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the implementation of RA 10931, otherwise known as Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA).
The Four Programs under RA 1093
A. Free Higher Education Eligible are students enrolled in their first undergraduate degree program subject to the corresponding admission and retention policies. Benefits are free tuition and free miscellaneous, and others school fees. Providers are State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and CHED-recognized Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs)
B. Free Technical-Vocational Education and Training (Free TVET) Eligible are learners enrolled in their first post-secondary TESDA-registered TVET programs and learners who are not holding a National Certificate (NC) III or higher, except those enrolled in bundled programs. Benefits are free training and free other training-related expenses and including living allowance, assessment fee, and starter toolkit. Providers are State-run Technical-Vocational Institutions (STVIs)
C. Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) Eligible are undergraduate students enrolled in SUCs, CHED-recognized LUCs, quality-assured private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and technical-vocational institutions (TVIs). (Subject to prioritization and availability of funds) Benefits are TES 1: Free tuition and other school fees for private HEIs, TES 2: Other educational expenses, and TES 3: Special expenses, if necessary. Providers are UniFAST and its implementing partners.
D. Student Loan Program (SLP) Eligible are undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in SUCs, CHED-recognized LUCs, quality-assured private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and technical-vocational institutions (TVIs). Benefit is Short Term Loann to cover expenses for pursuing either undergraduate programs (including medicine and law). Providers are UniFAST and its implementing partners.
Who is implementing RA 10931?
The Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) is the implementing arm of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (RA 10931). The UniFAST was created in 2015 by virtue of RA 10687 as a system to unify existing government student financial assistance programs for Tertiary Education in the Philippines. The UniFAST will ensure that deserving Filipinos are given equitable access to educational opportunities.
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