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Philippines: More colleges, universities hike tuition

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A total of 267 private universities and colleges in the country will increase tuition this year, the Commission on Higher Education told on Wednesday. The CHED said the figure only represents 16 percent of the 1,666 higher education institutions in the Philippines.

According to CHED, as of May 31, 2012, a total of 289 HEIs applied for tuition increase but owing to various reasons, 22 HEIs’ applications were denied. The average tuition increase is reported at 10.11 percent or an average per unit increase of P40.47.

CHED-National Capital Region, having the largest number of HEIs, has approved the application for tuition hike of 64 HEIs out of the 308 private HEIs it monitors. From last school year’s fee, these HEIs posted an average tuition increase of 7.5 percent or an average per unit increase of P76.25.

While CHED NCR has the biggest share of private HEIs, it presented the lowest percentage increase among the regions but the highest in terms of peso equivalent. CHED Regional Office II–Cagayan Valley posted the highest average tuition increase of 16.37 percent or an average per unit increase of P54.00.

CHED Region 8-Tacloban posted the lowest per unit increase of P20.86 or an average tuition fee increase of 8.94 percent. On the school year 2013-2014, data on tuition increases released by CHED will include miscellaneous and other school fees as mandated by CHED’s set of guidelines for tuition and other fees under Memorandum Order No. 3, series of 2012.

The order also directs universities and colleges to include miscellaneous fees during tuition consultations. CHED also said that in cases of violation, it may impose penalties and sanctions such as the revocation of permits, downgrading of status, phase-out and other penalties to erring schools.

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