UST halves tuition hike to 5.02 percent, gets CHEd approval

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THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHEd) has approved a 5.02-percent increase in the UST’s tuition for Academic Year 2017 to 2018.

Tuition will increase by an average of P104 per unit while miscellaneous fees will go up by an average of P137.45 or 7.42 percent, based on CHEd’s official list of approved tuition and miscellaneous increases released last May 25.

UST officials first proposed a 10-percent increase in a consultation with the administration, faculty and student leaders last Feb. 14, to keep faculty members and maintain school facilities amid the disruption caused by the K to 12 transition.

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The initial tuition hike proposal amounted to P138 per unit for first- to fourth-year students, P135 per unit for fifth-year students, P232 per unit for Civil Law students, P206 per unit for Graduate School students taking up master’s programs, and P252 per unit for those taking up doctorate programs.

In a chance interview with the Varsitarian last March 7, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said 70 percent of the proposed hike would go to salary increases for faculty members and University personnel.

Last academic year, the University did not hike tuition amid tight competition for enrollees among universities in the first year of the K to 12 transition.

CHEd approved 268 applications of private higher education institutions (HEIs) to increase their tuition and miscellaneous fees next academic year. This was 16 percent of the total number of HEIs in the country.

Last year, 280 private HEIs were allowed to increase tuition.

 

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