7 schools in Baguio hike tuition-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
PARENTS will have to shoulder another spate of tuition and miscellaneous increases of some Baguio City schools for the coming school year.
Commission on Higher Education (Ched) supervisor Patricio Dinamling said among those which hiked are STI College (seven percent) for tuition, Baguio College of Technology (12 percent) and Baguio Central University (10 percent) for tuition and (seven percent) for miscellaneous fees.
Schools that proposed increases in fees are required to conduct consultations among students, alumni, teaching and non-teaching personnel and parents, Dinamling said.
During consultations and in the presence of Ched representatives, schools are required to explain to various stakeholders the reasons why they are increasing fees.
“Private institutions may increase fees just as long as they follow proper procedures such as consultations and posting of these fees in bulletin boards that can be seen by students,” he said.
He said what stakeholders should need to monitor is after the implementation of these fees next school year.
“Students should make sure that these things promised by the school such as improved laboratories and other services which required them to increase fees are being implemented,” he said.
Once these improvements are not carried out by the school administration, he said Ched will accept complaints from students who have proper documents.
Saint Louis University will hike tuition by five percent for incoming freshmen, but it does not require consultations as it is not covered by Ched Memorandum Order 3 and 8, mandating requirements to be fulfilled before any school fee increase.
The school, however, was required by Ched to post the proposed increase in fees for incoming freshmen in places inside the campus on or before February 28.
The deadline for school fee consultations lapsed February 28 with at least seven higher education institutions conducting consultation requirements for various proposed increases in school fees.
Dinamling said the consultations were held from February 15 to 28 at Pines City Colleges, Divine Word College of Bangued, STI College, Baguio College of Technology, and University of the Cordilleras (UC), Baguio Central University.
Without hiking their tuition, other higher education institutions in the region jacked up their miscellaneous and other fees collected from students.
Pines City Colleges has proposed some 10 percent increase in miscellaneous and laboratory fees; Divine Word College of Bangued introduced new fees to be collected for the coming year.
UC hiked fees for various miscellaneous and other school fees such as registration, cultural and athletic fees from 14 to 60 percent for the undergraduate levels.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 06, 2013.