Universities, colleges seek tuition hike after moratorium

State universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) in the Philippines are seeking an increase in tuition and miscellaneous fees after the five-year moratorium lapsed last year, which signals a “bigger storm” coming, the chief of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) told a Senate panel on Thursday 11 May, writes Cecille Suerte Felipe for The Philippine Star.

During the public hearing of the Senate committee on higher, technical and vocational education chaired by Senator Francis Escudero, CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera said many of the SUCs have passed board resolutions to increase their tuition rates. “If you want a bigger headache, I would like to inform you, Mr Chair, that the five-year moratorium on SUCs and LUCs – that they cannot increase their tuition fees – actually lapsed in 2022. So now, many of the SUCs have already passed board resolutions to increase their tuition rates and they have submitted it to CHED,” De Vera said.

De Vera made the disclosure as Escudero raised the issue of the absence of clear guidelines on enrolment in SUCs and LUCs, as many of them maintain the number of enrolees, while others increase the number of enrolees without hesitation. De Vera said the power to determine the number of students to be admitted in SUCs and LUCs lies with the board of regents of individual higher education institutions under Republic Act 8292.
Full report on the Philstar site