Students in private colleges in BARMM to get subsidies

DAVAO CITY (May 19, 2020) – A total 11,446 students in private higher education institutions (PHEI) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will be granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) with Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) stipends.
BARMM Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) Minister Mohagher Iqbal said in a statement that these stipends will greatly support and assist the PHEIs and its Bangsamoro students, especially as the nation copes with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

He said an initial 120,000 students from 404 PHEIs nationwide will get their TES stipends. Among this, 25 schools will be coming from the Bangsamoro region.

CHED is instructing these private schools to immediately coordinate with their grantees on the best way to distribute TES while following their respective local government quarantine rules.

The TES is a government grants-in-aid program made possible through Republic Act 10931 that gives P60,000 per school year to financially needy students in private schools and those studying in private schools in municipalities and cities without public universities.

The program is used by students to pay their tuition and miscellaneous fees and other education expenses. It is the flagship social development program of the Duterte administration on higher education.