The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is set to sign today a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with 112 state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) nationwide to launch the implementation of the Republic Act 10931 or the Free Higher Education Law.
The law, according to its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), covers all Filipino students who are either currently enrolled at the time of its effectivity, or shall enroll at any time thereafter, in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in any SUC and LUC.
“All students availing themselves of the free higher education provision shall be entitled to: (a) free tuition for all courses/subjects/classes enrolled in during a particular semester/term, as part of the curriculum and are essential to obtaining a degree. This includes approved petitioned classes, but not non-credit, within-semester tutorial or review classes, nor review and enhancement classes offered by the [higher education institution]; (b) free miscellaneous and other school fees,” the IRR also said. — Arjay L. Balinbin