State Universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines would no longer collect tuition fees in 2017 since it was funded by the 2017 national budget, according to Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.

“One of the long-standing concerns of poor families is bringing their children to college because after finishing high school in public schools, most of them have no means to pay for tuition fee in SUCs. The 2017 national budget addresses this concern,” the senator added.

Universities and Colleges with Free Tuition Fee

The government has released the list of state-funded universities and colleges where students can avail free tuition fee:

  • Abra State Institute of Science and Technology
  • Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College
  • Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Aklan State University
  • Apayao State College
  • Aurora State College of Technology
  • Basilan State College
  • Bataan Peninsula State University
  • Batanes State College
  • Batangas State University
  • Benguet State University
  • Bicol University
  • Bohol Island State University
  • Bukidnon State University
  • Bulacan Agricultural State College
  • Bulacan State University
  • Cagayan State University
  • Camarines Norte State College
  • Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
  • Camiguin Polytechnic State College
  • Capiz State University
  • Caraga State University
  • Carlos Hilado Memorial State College
  • Catanduanes State University
  • Cavite State University
  • Cebu Normal University
  • Cebu Technological University
  • Central Bicol State University of Agriculture
  • Central Luzon State University
  • Central Mindanao University
  • Central Philippines State University
  • Cotabato City State Polytechnic College
  • Davao del Norte State College
  • Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology
  • Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University
  • Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
  • Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Eastern Samar State University
  • Eastern Visayas State University
  • Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
  • Guimaras State College
  • Ifugao State University
  • Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
  • Iloilo State College of Fisheries
  • Isabela State University
  • J.H. Cerilles State College
  • Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • Kalinga-Apayao State College
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University
  • Mariano Marcos State University
  • Marinduque State College
  • Mindanao State University
  • Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology
  • Mindanao State University – Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography
  • Mindanao State University-Buug Campus
  • Mindanao University of Science and Technology
  • Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Mountain Province State Polytechnic College
  • Naval State University
  • Negros Oriental State University
  • North Luzon Philippines State College
  • Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College
  • Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology
  • Northwest Samar State University
  • Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
  • Nueva Vizcaya State University
  • Occidental Mindoro State College
  • Palawan State University
  • Palompon Institute of Technology
  • Pampanga State Agricultural University
  • Pangasinan State University
  • Partido State University
  • Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
  • Philippine Military Academy
  • Philippine Normal University
  • Philippine State College of Aeronautics
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines System
  • Quirino State College
  • Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
  • Rizal Technological University
  • Romblon State University
  • Siquijor State College
  • Sorsogon State College
  • Southern Luzon State University
  • Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
  • Sultan Kudarat State University
  • Sulu State College
  • Surigao del Sur State University
  • Surigao State College of Technology
  • Tarlac College of Agriculture
  • Tarlac State University
  • Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College
  • Technological University of the Philippines
  • University of Antique
  • University of Eastern Philippines
  • University of Northern Philippines
  • University of Rizal System
  • University of Southeastern Philippines
  • University of Southern Mindanao
  • University of the Philippines
  • Visayas State University
  • West Visayas State University
  • Western Mindanao State University
  • Western Philippines University
  • Western Visayas College of Science and Technology
  • Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

Senator Legarda stated that only tuition fee would be covered by the government, not other expenses like miscellaneous fee. But indigent students can avail grants under various programs and scholarships. One example is the children from families under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) can take advantage of the Expanded Student’s Grants in Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

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Other means of scholarship grants is the financial assistance for education purposes under the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) both under CHED and SUCs with P5.753 billion funding for StuFAP in 2017 national budget.