WITH the approval of free tuition among state universities and colleges (SUCs) by President Rodrigo Duterte, some 5,123 students from Benguet State University have already availed of the program.
However, students still need to shell out P800 for miscellaneous while those in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Nursing have to pay P4,500 per semester.
BSU president Dr. Feliciano Calora Jr. said despite their meager budget from the national government, the university remains committed of implementing the President’s order on free tuition.
“Kulang na ang binibigay ng gobyerno sa amin sa lahat ng state universities and colleges para sa pag suweldo ng mga empleyado at saka iyong basic operations at doon sa mga bagong programa namin na kailangan maglikom ng sarili naming income kaya ginagawan namin ng paraan iyan,” Calora said.
Although guidelines on the free tuition remain vague, Calora said BSU will comply if the Commission on Higher Education and Department of Budget and Management orders the free tuition will include miscellaneous and other fees collected are also included.
BSU is one of the top ranking SUCs who ranked third among 111 institutional members of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines.
Some 4,576 students are currently enrolled in BSU’s main campus in La Trinidad, while 240 students are in Bokod, and 307 in Buguias. (Lauren Alimondo)