Editorial: Financial assistance for Filipino students

For Academic Year 2013-2014, a total of 52,006 students will benefit from the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAP) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Data at the CHED Office of Student Services showed that for the coming Academic Year, 6,264 have been added to the existing 45,742 beneficiaries, with 8,713 students expected to graduate next year.
Article XIV of the Philippine Constitution, mandates CHED "to protect and promote the right of all citizens by making quality education at all levels and take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all." This is done through a system of scholarship grants, student loan programs, subsidies, and incentives. Students eligible for scholarships are determined by the Department of Education and the National Economic and Development Authority.

CHED's priority courses for the program are Information Technology; Agriculture and related fields like agro-forestry, veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, agribusiness/management, agricultural entrepreneurship, agricultural technology, and fisheries; Teacher Education major in Math, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Reading, English, Educational Media/Technology, and Special Education; Science and Mathematics; Engineering courses; Health Sciences; Arts and Humanities; and Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Science.

CHED also has Grants in Aid Program and Student Loan Programs like the Study-Now-Pay-Later Plan. The government is also allocating funds for poor Muslim college students in the coming school year.

We congratulate the Commission on Higher Education, headed by Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, and Commissioners Dr. Nenalyn P. Defensor, Dr. Nona S. Ricafort, Dr. Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista, and Dr. Ruperto S. Sangalang, in their efforts to promote access to relevant, quality education to poor but talented Filipino students through scholarships and loan grants in the Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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