Too many applicants, limited slots on Ched's financial grants

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


THERE are too many students who applied for the Student Financial Assistance Program (StuFAP) of the Commission on Higher Education in Northern Mindanao (Ched-10), unfortunately, the slots are limited.

When Ched-10 began accepting applicants for the StuFAP in February this year, more than 6,000 students responded.

After the deadline on April 30, a Ched-10 official said the commission might be turning down some 10,000 applicants from all over the region.

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Karen Joie Cuenca, Ched-10 educational supervisor II, said the number of applicants exceeded from the number of slots the regional commission could grant and most of the applicants are from Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro.

But Dr. Arlita Amapola Minguez, Ph.D, educational supervisor II of Ched-10, said the regional commission could not determine yet the exact number of applicants that could be denied of the assistance. “It could be more than 6,000,” Minguez said in a text message sent to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Tuesday.

Minguez said there were about 20,000 students who applied for the scholarship but only 16,000 could avail of the grant.

“Currently, STuFAP team is encoding all applicants’ grades and income for the eventual ranking,” Minguez said in another text message.

Those who have lower income and higher grade point average (GPA) will have better chances of getting the slots, she added.

Cuenca said the volume of applicants is high this year. However, those who would possibly be denied of the grant could apply again next year.

The grant will open from January to March next year, but the number of slots will depend on the budget allocation that ChEd-10 will be receiving from the national government.

The grant fund allotted to CHEd has been stashed from the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Cuenca said the list of priority courses of StuFAP might also be expanded as students requested courses such as business administration and Hotel and Restaurant Management be added.

“Overwhelming ang application,” Cuenca said, adding that efforts to disseminate information dissemination about the grant to the media, congressmen, barangays, and mayors paid off.

She also said that there were applicants who presented grade cards as old as 2008 to 2009 who still did not land in college.

“If only ChEd has so much slots na pwede lang manghangyo ta na diri sa Region 10 ibuhos ang slots para mahatag sa mga barangay. Pero unsaon ta man na naa ta’y allocation na taman ra ka sa ani kadaghan na slots (If only Ched had so much slots that it can haggle to pour all these slots here in Region 10 and give it to the barangays. But what can we do? There is only a certain number of allocated slots for this region?),” she said, adding: “That a lot of students do not have the opportunity to proceed to college.”

Ched-10 targets to release the list of passers and send them letters by the first week of June. But the rotating brownouts slowed down the computation of grades and data generation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 07, 2014.

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