Friday, June 3, 2016

CHED-Bicol allows 12 private schools to hike tuition fees
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 2 (PNA) -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has approved the requests of 12 out of 22 private colleges and universities in the Bicol Region for increases in tuition fees and other school fees this coming school year while it rejected those of eight others for lack of requirements and late filing of application

Dr. George M. Colorado, CHEd Bicol regional director, said there are 160 colleges and universities in the entire region and only 22 requested additional amount in their tuition fees (TF) and other school fees (OSF) -- like miscellaneous fees, laboratory fee and others -- which, they claimed, underwent consultation/dialogue with parents, students and alumni of the schools concerned.

Based on the records of CHEd, those higher schools of learning that have received go-signal to increase their tuition fees are: (1) Ago Medical and Educational Center-Bicol Christian College of Medicine (Legazpi City), 15-percent increase in TF; (2) Ateneo de Naga University (Naga City), 5-percent TF increase and 6.33 percent increase in OSF; (3) Divine Word College of Legazpi (Legazpi City), 10 percent in TF; (4) Naga View Adventist College (Naga City), 3.45-percent increase in OSF; (5) Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity College Seminary (Naga City), 14 percent in TF and 17 percent in OSF; (6) PLT College of Guinobatan (Guinobatan, Albay) -- 10 percent in TF; (7) R. G. de Castro Colleges (Bulan, Sorsogon), 7.32 percent in TF and 28.81 percent in OSF; (8) STI-Legazpi (Legazpi City), 5 percent in TF and 5 percent in OSF; (9) STI-Naga (Naga City), 5 percent in TF and 5 percent in OSF; (10) The Lewis College (Sorsogon City), 10 percent in tuition fee; (11) Universidad de Sta.Isabel (Naga City), 45.13 percent in OSF; and (12) University of Nueva Caceres (Naga City), 12.50 percent in TF and 28.73 percent in OSF.

Those which were not allowed to have increases in their TF and OSF this schoolyear 2016-2017 but will be allowed to implement hike in TF and OSF are next schoolyear if they comply with full requirements are: (1) Sierra College of Tigaon (Tigaon, Camarines Sur); (2) St. Louise de Marillac College of Sorsogon (Sorsogon City); (3) Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation (Daet, Camarines Norte); (4).AMA Computer College of Legazpi (Legazpi City); (5) AMA Computer College of Naga (Naga City, ); (6) ACLC College (Daet, Camarines Norte); (7) ACLC College (Iriga City); and (8) ACLC College (Sorsogon City).

Colorado clarified that the TF and OSF increases of the requesting schools are reasonable based on the 4.5-percent inflation rate in the Bicol Region but only those in the second year college and higher up should be the ones to have increases in matriculation fees.

Based on the CHEd guidelines, schools are not allowed to increase the tuition fees of the first year college enrolees and, the CHEd official said, they are closely monitoring compliance to this.

Colorado said it is not the CHEd that approves of disapproves increases in fees but the parents, students and alumni and its only responsibility is to ensure that the manner of approval is based on the guidelines, that is why, he said, in every consultation dialogue being held by a college or university, the commission sends a representative. (PNA) BNB/FGS/JH/CBD/EBP