Ched approves application of 21 schools in Region 7 to raise tution, other fees

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Friday, June 6, 2014


SOME 21 colleges and universities in Central Visayas were given the green light to raise tuition and other fees this school year.

Fourteen are in Cebu.

These are the University of San Carlos, University of Cebu main and Lapu-Lapu-Mandaue-Banilad campuses, Cebu Institute of Technology-University, St. Theresa’s College, University of the Visayas main and Danao City campuses, Asian College of Technology International Educational Foundation, Cebu Doctors’ University, Velez College, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Bantayan Southern Institute and the
Immanuel Bible College.

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The rest are in Bohol and Negros Oriental.

Small percentage

Some of the schools will raise tuition in all levels while others will only raise tuition for the incoming freshman.

Dr. Freddie Bernal, Commission on Higher Education (Ched) 7 director, told reporters that their central office in Manila approved the hike since some of the schools need to give their personnel a pay hike while others need to improve their facilities.

Bernal said 70 percent of the increase will go to the salaries of academic and non-academic personnel while 20 percent will go to improving facilities.

The 10 percent will be set aside for school’s coffers.

Bernal said only a small percentage of private higher education institutions (HEIs) had sought a tuition increase for this school year, considering there are 158 HEIs throughout the region.

He said he was relieved that none of the state colleges and universities applied for a similar increase.

Bernal clarified that the approval of the 21 schools’ tuition hike was done in accordance with Ched’s policy.

The schools complied with the requirement to consult the affected sector, he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 07, 2014.

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