If the Department of Education (DepEd) is the body of the government who deals with basic education from preschool to high school, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is the branch of the government who deals with higher education.
Just like any other institution, CHED also has a scholarship offered to college students. The CHED Scholarship or the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPS) is actually more than just a simple scholarship. In this article, we will be discussing what the StuFAPS is, what the requirements are, and how a college learner can avail it.
What is the StuFAPs?
The Student Financial Assistance Programs or StuFAPS is a program that consists of student loans, grants-in-aid, subsidies, and government-funded scholarships. More so, they also offer other incentives for students who qualify in whatever program they offer.
In the law, there is what we call Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST). To honor Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10687. UniFAST strengthens, expands, improves, and most importantly, reconciles all government-funded StuFAP modalities for higher level education in both the private and public institutions.
UniFAST was made and established to encourage the improvement and development of students who are nourished and talented for them to be able to service the good and widen the pool of world-class Filipino innovators, researchers, leaders, thinkers, and professionals.
What does the CHED Scholarship include?
As per the memo, full scholars of the CHED Scholarship will be able to receive financial assistance worth P30,000.00. On the other hand, partial scholars will receive assistance of P15,000.00 per academic year. Lastly, PESFA scholars will receive a total of P15,000.00.
What are the eligibility requirements to be approved of the CHED Scholarship?
In order for a learner to be able to avail the CHED Scholarship, there are qualifications. Those would be:
- Must be at least high school graduate or a candidate for graduation from high school;
- Must be a Filipino citizen with good moral character;
- The applicant must belong to a family whose income is not more than three hundred thousand pesos (P300,000.00);
- Must have at least eighty percent (80%) General Weighted Average (GWA) based on the Form 138 from the high school:
- 80 – 84% for Grant-in-aid and Student Loan Programs (SLPs)
- 85 – 89% for Half Merits; and
- 90% and above for Fill Merits
- The learner applicant must enroll in a CHED priority course. To see the list, click on this link here.
- Must enroll in recognized programs by CHED in the Higher Education Institute (HEI);
- Must not be at least 30 years old at the time of the application for the CHED Scholarship;
- The applicant must NOT be a scholar of the government already.
- For student borrowers:
- The learner applicant must enter into a loan agreement with the Regional Office of CHED where concerned;
- Must be an incoming freshman and/or college student in any particular level; and
- Must present a co-borrower who is a member of either the Social Security System (SSS) or the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) who is in good standing and must have been paying contributions for at least six (6) months in the last twelve (12) months or one (1) year.
CHED Scholarship documentary requirements:
Now that you know what the eligibility requirements are, it’s time for you to be aware of what the documentary requirements needed in order to apply for the CHED scholarship program.
- High School Report Card or Form 138. Could also be the Certificate of Grades from the last semester where the learner attended.
- Duly accomplished StuFAPS application Form 01
- Certificate of Good Moral Character from the high school guidance counselor or the high school principal; and
- The latest annual Income Tax Return (ITR) or the Certificate of Exemption of parents or the guardian of the learner certified by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
- For Student Borrowers:
- Proof of Social Security System (SSS) or the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) premium contribution of the co-borrower;
- Certified true copy of the grades of the previous semester of where the learner attended;
- Certification of the co-borrower from either the SSS or the GSIS; and
- The notarized contract between CHED and the student borrower
How do you apply for the CHED Scholarship?
Here are the steps on how a learner can apply for the CHED scholarship:
- Duly fill out and accomplish the CHED Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPS) application form.
- When you accomplish the form, submit the filled-out application form to the CHED Regional Office near you with all the needed documentary requirements.
- After the form evaluation and submission of the documents, CHED will contact the applicant either through phone or email with the status of the application.
For you to have an idea on how the process works in all angles or from the different parties, look at the table below:
NOTE: This table came from CHED and this is to educate clients on how the full-on process in applying for the CHED scholarship works.
|Application of Grant, Scholarship, and Loan|
|No.||Applicant/Client Step||Agency Action||Office or Person in Charge||Location of the Office||Duration of the Activity|
|1||Submits the accomplished application form with
the supporting documents. Then, wait for the assessment or the result
|Will receive and check the completeness of the documents
and stamps the submission as “ received.”
|Scholarship Coordinator or
|2||Advises the applicant to wait for the results of
the regional ranking and be notified accordingly (this will run from April to May).
|Scholarship Coordinator or
|3||Evaluates documents for ranking.||Scholarship Coordinator or
|10 minutes per
|4||Receives the notification after the assessment.||Issues Notice of Scholarship Award (NSA)||In-Charge or the Scholarship
|10 minutes per client|
|This marks the end of the transaction.|
If you are interested in getting this reward from CHED, you can receive updates from [email protected]. More so, you can find out more about the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPS) Application via the CHED’s website at http://ched.gov.ph/stufaps to know what the available scholarships are.
Where do I submit the documentary requirements?
For the requirements submission, this should be at the respective CHED Regional Office. In order for you to know the location of CHED Regional Offices, you can check their website out at http://ched.gov.ph/regional-offices/.
CHED is offering more than just a scholarship. Even so, they are kind of telling that students can have a loan and that they can have an opportunity to study better and more efficiently because of these programs.
So, what are you waiting for! Inquire with CHED now and avail their CHED scholarship program and view more of the programs that they offer.