The President of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), J. Prospero E. De Vera, refuted claims that there will be no funds for all types of student financial aid in 2022.
De Vera said on Friday September 10 that her statement in the September 9 budget briefing on student financial aid “has been misrepresented and is now being used on social media to confuse students and attack the CHED “.
“I was asked during the budget hearing if there is financial aid or ‘ayuda’ for all students affected by COVID-19 and my answer is no,” the president said.
“This answer has been twisted and twisted to mean that there are no funds for all types of student financial aid in 2022. This is fake news,” he added.
De Vera pointed out that all qualified recipients of the Higher Education Grant (TES) and Tulong Dunong (TD) will continue to receive their stipends in 2022.
He added that there is also funding for new TES and TD applicants, and for deserving researchers.
“We ask everyone to share this correct information. Let us not confuse our student beneficiaries who need government financial assistance in these very difficult times to continue their studies. Let’s learn and educate as one man, ”said De Vera.
During the budget hearing, the president of CHED listed the following student financial aid programs funded under the proposed National Expenditure Program (PEN) for 2022:
1. TES which is given to financially needy students belonging to the DSWD Listahanan 2.0 list, students residing and studying in private schools in cities and municipalities without a public university, and other financially needy students – 403,941 places for a amount of P21,942,169,200;
2. Tulong Dunong for financially needy students with funding of 3.2 billion pesos;
3. Merit-based scholarships for students with high marks, 57,108 places funded for an amount of P 1,451,782,000;
4. A total of 994 places for the scholarship for dependent children of workers in the sugar cane industry and small farmers, funded to the tune of 65 million pesos;
5. Tabang OFW in the amount of 1 billion pesos for 16,719 slots, which has a utilization rate of 508,775,972.94 pesos or 50.88% as of August 4;
6. Medical scholarships for students of state universities and colleges funded to the tune of 167 million pesos for 3,395 places.
Currently, 1.6 million students study at more than 200 universities and state colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges that no longer pay tuition and miscellaneous fees.
There are also 435,367 students in public and private universities who receive a TES grant; 210,339 Tulong Dunong beneficiaries receiving a grant; 91,260 deserving scholarship recipients and; 16,719 OFW children receive a grant through Tabang OFW.
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