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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has approved the request of 171 colleges and universities nationwide to impose tuition fee increase for the school year 2014-2015.
Out of the 1,683 private higher education institutions (HEIs), 361 applied for tuition and other school fees increase this year. Of them, 171 have been approved by the CHED.
However, applications from Region 2, 12 and NCR are still being processed, according to the Commission.
Also, the commission considered the needs of both the students and the colleges and universities in evaluating the applications, according to CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan.
"We try to get them to keep their tuition down. We know that if we increase too much we will lose our students to cheaper schools," Licuanan said (via gmanetwork.com).
Davao has the most number of HEIs with approved higher tuition rates, according to CHED’s own data.
CHED Chairman Patricia Licuanan said the average tuition increase per unit is 9.30 percent or ₱ 36.83, and 14.64 percent or ₱ 227.01 for other school fees.
Last year, CHED allowed 354 private colleges and universities nationwide to raise tuition and other school fees.
The Department of Education (DepEd) also approved the application of 1,299 schools out of 1,477 private elementary and secondary school that applied for tuition fee increase. (READ: Tuition fees up in 1,299 private elementary and secondary schools)
INFOGRAPHIC: Tuition per unit of Metro Manila universities
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