UP: No tuition, other fees this school year

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 8) — The University of the Philippines (UP) System said it will not collect tuition and other school fees for undergraduate students for this year.

In a memorandum dated August 7, UP President Danilo Concepcion said tuition and other fees assessment for qualified students shall be "set at zero" during registration.

"Those who have already been assessed but have not yet paid shall have their registration forms reassessed in accordance with their unit's enrollment process in order to complete their enrollment. For those who are qualified but have already paid, the process for refund shall be addressed in separate guidelines," the memorandum said.

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Registration period and the start of classes are different for various UP  campuses. However, the whole UP System starts its academic calendar in August.

Not included in the free tuition are those who already have a prior degree, graduate students, and those who have been delayed for more than a year - the same exemptions stated in the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 3.

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The memo said those who are not included in the free tuition program can instead apply for financial assistance or discount, under the state university's socialized tuition scheme.

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In July, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan already said tuition collection would be suspended.

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