21 Central Visayas colleges apply to raise tuition

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


AT LEAST 21 private colleges and universities in Central Visayas have applied to increase tuition in school year 2014-2015, the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) said yesterday.

Dr. Josefina Ronquillo, Ched 7 supervising education program specialist, told reporters the number of higher learning institutions (HEIs) that applied for a tuition increase this year is lower compared to last year, when 30 HEIs had applied for it.

Out of the 21 HEIs applying for a tuition increase, 16 are from Cebu City, one from Mandaue City and two each from Bohol and Negros Oriental.

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Of the 21 HEIs, 12 plan to increase tuition in all levels, while eight want the increase to cover only incoming first year college students. One college is seeking permission to implement additional school fees.

Melissa Castillote, Ched 7 education supervisor, said that state colleges and universities, as well as local government-operated colleges, had not applied for a fee increase.

Ronquillo said that the regional office won’t name the 21 HEIs that applied for a tuition increase unless their central office in Manila orders the list released.

He revealed that the 21 HEIs are seeking a maximum increase of eight percent, while the minimum is four percent.

During the previous year, the average percentage of tuition increase reached 8.65 percent, or an equivalent of P48.55 per unit.

Ronquillo said that the deadline for HEIs to apply for an increase in tuition and other school fees was last April 1.

If the Ched Central Office in Manila approves the applications, the names of these colleges and universities will be published.

Ronquillo said that the HEIs applying for a tuition increase were required to conduct a consultation.

The 21 HEIs applying for a tuition increase stated that 70 percent will pay for an increase in the salaries of teachers and other employees. Twenty percent will serve to help improve college facilities and 10 percent will be the maximum return on investment.

Ronquillo said that college students who may choose to change schools because of the tuition increase can opt for state colleges and universities. The CHED, she added, also offers scholarships to poor students.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 15, 2014.

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