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More Than 200 Private Schools & Universities Files Petition For Tuition Fee Increase

Over 200 Private Schools & Universities Files Petition For Tuition Fee Increase

More than 200 private schools including colleges and universities have filed a petition for tuition and other fee increase due to alleged effects of TRAIN law.

248 private higher education institutions (HEIs) are seeking the approval of the Philippine government to increase the tuition and other fees this year because of the alleged effect of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

On Thursday (June 14, 2018), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) officer-in-charge J. Prospero de Vera said in a press briefing that their regional offices have already endorsed the applications for the proposed increase in tuition and other fees.

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De Vera said that the regional offices have finished evaluating the applications but there is still no decision from the commission.

211 HEIs are asking for both tuition and other fee increase, 27 schools were only asking for tuition fee increase, and 10 only on the other fees.

CHED’s OIC explained that the proposed school fee hike was due to the impact of TRAIN law and migration of teachers to state-funded tertiary institutions.

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“Some are saying (these are) effects of the TRAIN law. Also, because cost of education has really gone higher. Remember, one of the problems being encountered by private universities now is they are losing their good faculty to SUCs,” De Vera said quoted by Philstar.

He also revealed that only 14 percent of HEIs have filed the petition for tuition fee hike this year, which is just a small percentage of over 1, 600 private tertiary schools nationwide.

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