IN THE quest to have all Kapampangan children finish school, an education institution located in this town is offering affordable education to indigent students.
St. Mary’s Angels College of Pampanga (SMACP), founded in 2015, provides scholarships to students of pre-school, elementary, high school and college who enroll in their institution.
Under the Susan Carlos-Ramos’ Lingap Program, all K-12 students can avail of 22 percent to 40 percent discount and miscellaneous fees.
From the regular tuition fee of up to P45,000, the rates have been lowered to up to P28,000 only for the whole school year, according to SMACP President for Academic Affairs Atty. Sharon Ramos-Peñaflorida.
“This will be aside from the ESC scholarship grants which students receive from the government. Kaya minimal nalang ang babayaran ng mga magulang para makapag-aral ang kanilang mga anak and they can pay it in installment basis,” Peñaflorida said.
Meanwhile, under the DSR Scholarship program, students can enroll in their course of choice for only P13,000 per semester.
The amount is a big cut from the P40,000 to P45,000 per semester rate for regular SMACP students.
SMACP offers various courses such as Bachelor of Science in Accountancy; Business Management; Civil Engineering; Criminology; Information Technology; Hospitality Management; and Tourism Management; Bachelor of Arts in Communication; Bachelor of Early Childhood Education; Bachelor of Secondary Education majors in English, Filipino, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies; and Bachelor of Technology, Livelihood Education.
Similar to the Lingap Program, the P13,000 tuition fee can also be split into four installment payments of only P3,250 per month.
Peñaflorida said students who want to avail of the scholarship program must also present a certificate of indigency and maintain a grade of not lower than 83.
“Hindi naman mahirap ang requirements dahil ang goal talaga namin dito ay matulungan ang mga magulang at bata na gustong makatapos ng pag-aaral. Basta ‘wag ka lang babagsak, tutulungan ka namin para makapagtapos ka at makatulong din sa iba,” she said.
Despite the affordable tuition fee, Peñaflorida assured of the quality education that the students will receive from the faculty and staff, and the complete facilities they have in school.
“Our accessible education is never at the expense of quality education we offer to our students. Nakakapagbigay kami ng scholarships dahil gusto namin ituloy ang pangarap ng daddy at mommy ko na lahat ng batang Kapampangan ay makapagtapos ng pag-aaral,” she said.
Peñaflorida is the youngest of the three children of late businessmen and philanthropist couple Damian Ramos of Mexico town and Susan Canlas-Ramos of Sto. Tomas town.
Aside from basic and tertiary programs, SMACP also offers vocational courses through Technical Education And Skills Development Authority and Gonzalo Puyat School of Arts and Trades.