March 26, 2017

Facts on UP Socialized Tuition System

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In the weeks leading to BS Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address, the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in U.P. College of Mass Communication, together with Anakbayan Media Collective and Union of Journalists of the Philippines UP Diliman will release a series of infographics on the state of education in the country. The first part shows facts on the Socialized Tuition System (STS) and other school fees (OSF).   Photo Source:

PUP students successfully junk exorbitant fees such as P1,200 memorabilia fee and P500 Alumni Fee (RCBC Card)


Students led by the Office of the Student Regent (OSR) of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), together with student councils, mass organizations and the Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayanan (SAMASA), triumphed over exorbitant and dubious fees being collected by the PUP administration. In particular, the students were able to successfully junk the P1,200 memorabilia fee and the P500-worth Alumni Fee / RCBC card that contains only P10. The memorabilia and alumni fees were unjustly collected as requisites for clearance for graduation. In addition, the PUP administration, despite the yearly collection of the memorabilia fee, has not released…

More than 130 student councils, pubs, orgs vow to stop tuition deregulation, school fees hikes

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As of today, more than 130 student councils / governments, publications, organizations and other youth and student formations in the country, and still counting, have signed the manifesto against tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases and BS Aquino III’s education deregulation. Spearheaded by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance, the manifesto continues to unite students across the country to fight for their right to education and against the high cost of education. “We urge the Aquino administration and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to implement a tuition moratorium,…

Tragedy of Errors or Manipulation? CHED’s erroneous average increases maliciously lowers tuition & OSF hikes impacts


The student union condemns in the highest possible degree the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) mediocrity, lack of credibility, irresponsibility, gross neglect of duty, and possible manipulation of data regarding the tuition and other school fee hikes. Upon careful scrutiny, the National Union of Students of the Philippines’ (NUSP) Tuition Monitor revealed that CHED released erroneous and discrepant figures for the AY 2015-2016 national average tuition increase (P29.86) and for the national average OSF increase (P135.60). CHED even went as far as saying that the average increases this upcoming year are lower than last AY 2014-2015’s average tuition increase (P35.66)…

Students stage “Flores de Mayo” protest vs. tuition & other school fees increase, K-12


Quezon City – Tagged as “Protesta de Mayo,” student groups led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) staged a Flores De Mayo-inspired protest to accost the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for yet another round of tuition and other school fees (OSF) increase (TOFI) for academic year 2016-2017. Student leaders of the NUSP and other youth groups wore gowns and sashes and carried archs as they paraded and played the roles of “Reyna Kawalang Hustisya,” “Reyna Dagdag Bayarin,” “Reyna EmperaTIIS,” “Reyna Elena Makabayad ng Matrikula” and “Empress Ki to 12” as a symbolic and satirical protest…

“PUP admin insane in proposing a 1,600% tuition increase” – NUSP  

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“16,000 pesos will definitley kill the PUP student’s dream of attaining tertiary education.” The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), under the administration of President Emanuel C. De Guzman, is once again attempting a tuition and other school fees increase and imposition. PUP plans to increase the upcoming senior high school students’ tuition and other school fees (OSF) to P16,000 for school year 2015-2016. This is an average of 1,600 percent tuition increase. This is not the first time that the PUP administration attempted to increase its tuition and OSF. Early last year, the PUP Central Student Council and the…

UE caloocan student leaders decry bogus admin consultation, harassment re: 5% tuition increase

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University of the East (UE) – Caloocan student leaders decried the February 17 bogus consultation sponsored by the UE administration headed by its president Dr. Ester Garcia regarding the proposed 5% increase in tuition and 5% increase in all other school fees (OSF) in the university for academic year 2015-2016. Each other school fee, such as energy fee and internet fee, among others, shall have a 5% increase. All the five student council presidents of UE Caloocan opposed the proposed tuition and OSF increases. Boycott the Bogus Consultation “It was hardly a consultation,” says Mr. Dominic Pinero, UE Caloocan College…

NUSP Stand re Student Fare Discount

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines is a formation of more than 650 student councils, governments and local student unions from public and private higher educational institutions nationwide. The union has been at the forefront of the struggle for the advancement of rights and welfare of students since 1957. Our principal unity is based on defending and upholding the right to quality and accessible education for all at all levels. There is a range of school-related expenses like transportation, food, projects, photocopy expenses, which we have to shoulder in daily allowances. A big chunk of these school-related expenses…

Education Alliance geared to fight against tuition hikes and deregulation; declare February as “Buwan ng Pagmamahalan… ng Tuition”


This February, new waves and rounds of tuition consultation await the students for the year 2015. However, the new sets of student dialogues are feared to just be the same old maneuverings to defer the students call for the stoppage of tuition and other school fees increases. The Rise for Education Alliance (R4E) is the alliance of different student councils and publications from high schools and universities, youth organizations, members of the academe, parents, out-of-school youths and citizens calling for a quality, free and accessible education. Today, R4E launches a renewed and intensified nationwide campaign against tuition and other school…

Students from Catholic schools reiterate Pope’s education advocacy: “Don’t let our love for school be taken away” by tuition hikes, deregulation


Student leaders from different Catholic schools, and other universities and colleges spearheaded by the Rise for Education Alliance, converge in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) today, January 23, 2015, to reiterate and extend Pope Francis’ words regarding education: “Please, please don´t let our love for school be taken away” by tuition and school fees hikes. “The high cost of education, this deregulation of education, has historically, especially in President BS Aquino III’s almost six years in office, taken away from the students their love for and right to education,” says Ms. Sarah Elago, Convenor of the Rise for Education…