PNoy signs bill helping deserving students from poor families

  • Aquino signs into law the bill that seeks to prioritize poor but deserving students
  • Students from underprivileged family can avail of one or more gov’t programs available
  • Author Sen. Angara praises Aquino for approving the measure into law

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino has signed into law the proposed bill making the country’s tertiary education more accessible by giving priority to deserving students coming from poor families through scholarships and loans.

Aquino signed on October 15 Republic Act No. 10687, otherwise known as the “Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Act”, which aims to “provide adequate funding and such other mechanisms to increase the participation rate among all socioeconomic classes in Tertiary Education, especially the poor but academically able and highly motivated students.”

Under the provision of the law, students enrolling in Tertiary Education, whether in public, private, national or local institutions can avail of one or more modalities available from the Student Financial Assistance Program (StuFAP), such as Scholarship, Grant-in-Aid, or Student Loan.

“The existing publicly-funded national government programs for Scholarships, Grants-in-Aid, and Student Loans for Tertiary Education are hereby unified and harmonized to improve their efficiency and to ensure that deserving Filipinos are given equitable access to educational opportunities,” the act stated.

Applicants for StuFAP should meet the following minimum qualifications to avail of the program:

a) should be a Filipino citizen; b) must be high school graduate or its equivalent; c) possesses good moral character; d) Admitted to the HEI or TVI included in the Registry of Programs and Institutions of the applicant’s choice; and e) In the case of applicant for Scholarship, he/she must obtain at least the score required by the Board for the Qualifying Examination System for Scoring Students.

There is an additional requirement for TVET programs applicants and for those who are already beneficiary of any other student financial assistance programs. (Click here to read more)

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