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Free College Education for Pinoy: Who are Qualified and List of Schools

Last year, Republic Act 10931 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. This means that tuition fees and miscellaneous fees will be paid by the government. Last January, CHED has announced that the new program will be able to aid over 1 million students in the country, whether rich or poor, with high grades or not. All they need to do is pass the entrance exam in their chosen state university and college.

Free tuition law for June 2018

How to Qualify for the Free Tuition Program of CHED

As mentioned, students will not be chosen based on the financial capabilities of their family nor will it depend on the student’s grade. All the student needs to do is pass the entrance exam and finish his or her course on time. In addition, extracurricular activities will be required for all the students in accordance with the return service program.

For students who come from families who are already members of the 4Ps or belongs to the poorest families in the country will automatically receive a weekly allowance from the government. According to reports, an estimate of 500,000 students will be given stipend amounting to 40,000 to 50,000 pesos.

Also Read: 12 Free TESDA Courses | Mga Libreng Kurso sa TESDA

How to Pass Entrance Exams in the Country’s State Universities

According to Comm. Prospero De Vera of CHED, many state universities today are helping their students, especially those from the less fortunate community, review for the admission exam.

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List of State Universities and Colleges where Students can Avail Free Tuition


Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology

Technological University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines System
Philippine Normal University
Marikina Polytechnic College
Philippine State College of Aeronautics
Rizal Technological University
Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Region I – ILOCOS

Mariano Marcos State University
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
Pangasinan State University
North Luzon Philippines State College
University of Northern Philippines


Mountain Province State University (formerly the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College)
Benguet State University
Abra State Institute of Science and Technology
Apayao State College
Kalinga State University
Ifugao State University


Nueva Vizcaya State University
Quirino State University
Batanes State College
Isabela State University
Cagayan State University


Tarlac State University
Aurora State College of Technology
Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University
Bulacan Agricultural State College
Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
Pampanga State Agricultural University
Tarlac College of Agriculture (now the Tarlac Agricultural University)
Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
Bulacan State University
Central Luzon State University
Bataan Peninsula State University


Batangas State University
Southern Luzon State University
Laguna State Polytechnic University (Laguna State Polytechnic College)
University of Rizal System
Cavite State University


Occidental Mindoro State College
Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology
Western Philippines University
Romblon State University
Palawan State University
Marinduque State College

Region V – BICOL

Sorsogon State College
Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology
Central Bicol State University of Agriculture
Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
Partido State University
Bicol University
Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology
Catanduanes State University
Camarines Norte State College


Iloilo Science and Technology University
Capiz State University
Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology College
Central Philippines State University
Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College
Iloilo State College of Fisheries
Guimaras State College
Carlos C. Hilado Memorial State
University of Antique
Aklan State University
West Visayas State University


Negros Oriental State University
Siquijor State College
Cebu Normal University
Bohol Island State University
Cebu Technological University


Southern Leyte State University
Northwest Samar State University
University of Eastern Philippines
Naval State University
Eastern Visayas State University
Palompom Polytechnic State University
Samar State University
Eastern Samar State University
Leyte Normal University
Visayas State University


Western Mindanao State University
Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology
J.H. Cerilles State College
Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College
Jose Rizal Memorial State University


MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology
Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology
Central Mindanao University
University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines
Camiguin Polytechnic State College
University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Claveria Campus
Bukidnon State University


University of Southeastern Philippines
Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology
Compostela Valley State College
Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
Davao Del Norte State College


Cotabato State University (formerly the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College)
University of Southern Mindanao
Sultan Kudarat State University
Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology


Mindanao State University
Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College
Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College
MSU-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography
Basilan State College
Sulu State College


Surigao del Sur State University
Caraga State University
Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
Surigao State College of Technology



  1. Gustong gusto ko po makapag aral sa colloge. Pero dahil sa financial problem tlaga, nag stop na muna. Sana po ito na ung chance para makabalik ulit ako sa pag aaral. Paano po ba mag enroll? Sana po matulungan nyo ako. Maraming salamat po.

    • Hi Geralyn. Mag apply lang po sa mga kasaling state universities at kapag nakapasa, maari na po ma avail ang libreng tuition fee.

  2. Sana makapag aral ang kapatid ko sa college paano at saan po kami pwede pumunta pagkatapos mag enroll sa university po.

    • Ang huling announcement po ay magsisimula na sya sa June. Mas maganda po tumawag muna sa school para masigurado po kelan po ang start.

    • Ang last report po is dapat this June mag start na sya. After passing the extrance exam sa University, yes dapat po free na ang tuition.

  3. Kung 4ps member may pagkaen nakapag at automatically makakareceive ng weekly allowance Na 4000 pano po nila maglalaman at pano po nla mkkuha at saan.?may nagsasabi hindi daw Yun ibibigay ..

  4. How can we avail the program? My son is a graduating student of BSIT-Architectural Drafting at LSPU San Pablo City Campus this school year and he want to continue it in BS-Architecture in Cavite State University. Can he avail the program Ma’am/Sir?

    • I recommend directly inquiring to the university so they can confirm and give you other important details how to avail the program.

  5. Pano po Mag Apply or Enroll. Dream or Gusto ko rin po kasing Makapagtapos ng Pag aaral sa College. Kaso po 38 years old na po ako. Pwede pa kaya akong mag aral ng koleheyo. Dream ko rin po kasing maka akyat sa Stage pag naka grad. Po ako ng College. Pero sa Ngayon po Gusto ko rin po sanang mag aral muna ng Libre sa college kasi nahihirapan po akong maghanap ng trabaho kapag hindi nakatapos ng college. Atsaka Mahirap lang po kami at mahirap ang buhay ngayon wala po kaming pambayad sa tuetion fee. Sana po matulungan nyo po ako. Ito po cellphone number ko 09288586625 or 09234579049.

  6. Paano po ma-avail ito kasi graduating na po ang anak ko this year ng Grade 12 at gusto kong mapag-=aral siya ng college.. member po kami ng 4P’s? thanks po

    • Ms Jane mas maganda po pag direct na po kayo mag inquire sa napili nyo po na state university para complete po ang details.

  7. Hello po. Gusto ko po ma avail ang program nyo po kaso po hindi ksama sa list ang school ko dati! at gusto ko po sana pag patuloy ang pag aaral ko ng Nursing..paano po at anu dapat gawin po?

    • Ms Afrelien mas maganda po pag direct na po kayo mag inquire sa napili nyo po na state university para complete po ang details.

  8. Pano po ako makakuha ng nito? OFW po ako dito sa Saudi at gusto ko po sanang ipag patuloy yong course ko sa Region I-University of Northern Philippines. Kaso wala po akong perang naipon kaya mawawalan na ako ng pag-asang makapag aral ulit. Sana makakuha ako nito.

    • Ms Mary mas maganda po pag direct na po kayo mag inquire sa napili nyo po na state university para complete po ang details.

  9. 5 kming mag kakapatid yung nanay namin patay na 4year na tatay ko. Lumuwas dito sa maynila. Ako high school grad. Kuya ko 3rd year may mga kaptid ako sa province 3 nag aaral .gusto kung mag aral. Pero. D ko mgawa kasi. Kung wala akong trabaho pano kapatid ko. I wish sana. Makatapos kaming lhat. Gagawin ko lahat para Mapabuti yung mga kapatid ko.

    • Hi Dioso. mas maganda po pag direct na po kayo mag inquire sa napili nyo po na state university para complete po ang details.

  10. Gusto ko po sana na maipagpatuloy yong pag aaral ko, nag graduate po ako ng taong 2010. Nagtrabaho po ako ng maaga para sa mga kapatid q dahil sa hirap ng buhay namin. Sana po matulungan nyo ako. Paano po ako makapag enroll. Wait ko po response nyo, thank you

    • Hi Mariel. mas maganda po pag direct na po kayo mag inquire sa napili nyo po na state university para complete po ang details.

  11. How about working students who wants to study again and work at the same time.??? Like irregular students? You see I love the news but it doesn’t fit me because I’m working and I took a course before but didn’t finished it.

    • Hi Jamhela mas maganda po pag direct na po kayo mag inquire sa napili nyo po na state university para complete po ang details.

  12. Gusto ko po sana maka avail nitong program nuo po ..saan po mag’ pwede mag pa register ..? Para maka pasuk ako..?

    • Hi Mary. mas maganda po pag direct na po kayo mag inquire sa napili nyo po na state university para complete po ang details.

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