High school graduates can now visit the offices of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the country for various scholarship programs that it provides for the financially disadvantaged but academically deserving students.
For the benefit of all poor but bright students, CHED offers three main categories of the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) i.e. scholarships, grant-in-aid and student loans.
CHED is mandated to provide these scholarship programs pursuant to RA 7722, otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994.”
Top of the scholarship program is the Full Merit which is intended for bright Filipino students who scored the highest in the National Center for Academic Excellence (NCAE) and at the same time belonging to the top 10 of the graduating class.
Scholars under this program may enroll in any government or private colleges and universities or in Higher Education Institute (HEI).
The Half Merit scholarship program on the other hand is for bright Filipino students who scored a percentile NCAE rating of 85 to 89 and the scholars under this program may enroll in private HEIs.
Other scholarship programs include; Grand-In-Aid or “Tulong-Dunong” with components under the DND-CHED-PASUC Study Grant Program is intended for dependents of killed-in-action (KIA); battle-related Complete Disability Discharged (CDD); and Combat and Active Military Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Education Benefit are given to children of KIA-CDD-Combat in order to contribute to the well-being of our soldiers by ensuring their children’s education.
The OPAPP-CHED Study Grant Program for Rebel Returnees are intended for former rebels and their legitimate/legitimized dependents to expand their access to college education opportunities.
CHED Special Study Grant Program for Congressional Districts/Senate is intended for the constituents of Congressional Districts, Party List Representatives and Senate Representatives.
The Student Loan Program with the component of Study-Now-Pay-Later Plan (SNPLP) is designed to promote democratization of access to educational opportunities in the tertiary level to poor but deserving students through financial assistance in the form of an educational loan.
It is a scheme that extend loan or credit to poor but deserving students who are entering as freshmen in college or tertiary students with college units earned.
These financial assistance programs are of great help to poor students and their families, so they can now have access to good education.
Deadline for submission of applications and documentary requirement to these scholarship programs will be on April 29, 2011.
For details, one may visit or contact CHED-7 at 4149195.