CHED halts freshman scholarship applications due to lack of funds

“Regional offices are responsible for disseminating this information to prevent the spread of false news and avoid confusion among interested student applicants,” the Higher Education Commission states.

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has temporarily suspended scholarship applications for freshmen for the upcoming academic year 2022 to 2023 due to a lack of funds.

In a CHED memorandum dated February 21, which was released to the public on Thursday, March 3, the commission said that due to “the budget shortfall in CHED’s fiscal year 2022 budget for StuFAPs, CHED will suspend temporarily applying for the CHED Scholarship Program (CSP) for incoming freshmen for the 2022-2023 academic year.”

“Furthermore, regional offices are required to disseminate this information to prevent the spread of false news and avoid confusion among interested student applicants,” the memo reads.

According to CHED, the CSP is intended for disadvantaged and homeless people, people with disabilities (PWD), single parents and their dependents, the elderly and indigenous peoples. The CSP provides financial aid awarded directly to scholarship recipients or through the school where they are enrolled.

The full scholarship for students in private schools and state universities and colleges is 120,000 and 80,000 pesos per year respectively. Half of the scholarship covers an annual financial aid of 60,000 pesos for scholars enrolled in private schools and 40,000 pesos for those in public universities.

The commission was only given towards Budget of 31.68 billion pula for 2022, which is 18.83 billion pesos less than its budget of 50.51 billion pesos in 2021.

During House budget deliberations in August 2021, CHED was asking lawmakers to reinstate its budget, asking members of Congress for a budget of 62.3 billion pesos.

A number of colleges and universities have already opened their campuses for limited face-to-face classes. Schools across the country have been using a remote learning system since the pandemic began in March 2020. – Rappler.com

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