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Philippine College Scholarships: CHED-PESFA

A few articles back, I discussed a couple of government-sponsored scholarship grants offered by the Department of Science and Technology.  Thing is, the DOST isn’t the only government unit that provides financial assistance to financially challenged, yet deserving students.

This article will be the first entry in a multi-part series on the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED’s) scholarship grants.  The first grant on our plate will be the Private Education Student Financial Assistance Program (henceforth known as PESFA).

Scholarship Details

1. Background:  Republic Act 6728 and CHED Order Number 03 both helped establish the PESFA, a grant specifically directed at teachers and students in the private education sector.

For a listing of all accredited schools, please go here.  Kindly note that the list was last updated on October-November 2009.

2. Qualifications:  Incoming college freshmen are eligible for the PESFA if they meet the following requirements:

  • They are bona fide Filipino citizens.
  • They are no older than thirty years old at the time of their application.
  • The gross annual income of their guardians or parents does not exceed 120,000 pesos.
  • They are already enrolled in (or they’re at least intending to enroll in) any of the CHED priority courses at a CHED-accredited college.

3. Documents:  Applicants only need to present four simple documents:

    1. Form 138 (otherwise known as their high school report card)
    2. the latest BIR Income Tax Return form of their parents or guardians
    3. written certification of their good moral character as accomplished by their high school principal
    4. at least one recent 2 x 2 ID photo for the application form.

4. Application Process:  Applying for a slot in the PESFA program is also simple.  The first order of business is to check if your college is an accredited Higher Education Institution (HEI) authorized to administer the PESFA.  Please refer to this list or check with CHED (Kindly see below for the institution’s e-mail address).

Assuming it is, kindly secure an application form for the said program.  There are several ways of going about this.  For one thing, you may obtain a form from the Registrar’s Office of your accredited college.  You may also secure a copy of the said form from the CHED regional office nearest you.  Another alternative is to download the form from the CHED official website.

Regardless of how you get it, though, simply accomplish the form in full and submit it along with all the other necessary documents back to either the same Registrar’s Office which gave you the form or the accredited college of your choice.

Scholar Privileges and Contact Details

The PESFA provides a three-pronged system of benefits for chosen scholars.  First of all, the grant provides for a partial subsidization of tuition and other school-related fees of up to 4,500 pesos.  Second, scholars will also enjoy a 250-peso book allowance.  Finally, they will receive a stipend worth 2,500 pesos.

If you have any questions about the PESFA or any of CHED’s other scholarship grants, drop them a line at


While every effort has been made to keep this website accurate and updated, makes no guarantees about the veracity and accuracy of the information it provides. has been established to provide students and their parents an additional source of timely and relevant information.  It is not meant to serve as nor claim to be a replacement for the information portals of universities, schools, government agencies, private organizations, and any other entities we may have used as references.

Please be advised. Thank you.

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41 thoughts on “Philippine College Scholarships: CHED-PESFA


  2. gud am po. ask ko lang po kung saan po ako makakakuha ng form for scholarship at saan po ito i susubmit. dto po ako nakatira sa taal, batangas

    marami pong salamat

  3. Good day po… ask ko lng po pwde oa po bng mkaavail ang anak ko ngying scnd sem… solo parent po ako… nhrapn po ako ksi 4 kids ko ngaral lhat… thnks po….

    • gud am po, ask ko lang kung pwde parin mka avail if more than 120k per yr pero tax exempt parin kc 5 kids/dependents, thank you…

    • Good Eve/ Day! I’m a college freshman- a CHED- PESFA program grantee (2014-2015) Region 12 .

      “The PESFA provides a three-pronged system of benefits for chosen scholars. First of all, the grant provides for a partial subsidization of tuition and other school-related fees of up to 4,500 pesos. Second, scholars will also enjoy a 250-peso book allowance. Finally, they will receive a stipend worth 2,500 pesos.”

      Will i be receiving the benefits, for real??

  4. Good day,,,

    Ask lang po nag email address ng main office ng PESFA mayroon lang po akong mga ilang questions and clarifications.. thnx a lot and more power..

  5. good evening tanong lang po ako kong na post na po yung resulta ng mga nakapasa sa CHED scholar yung sa PESFA salamat 🙂

  6. Good afternoon po, Hi i’m John Daryl Soverano from Cabuyao, Laguna BSECE student at Pamantasan ng Cabuyao. Ask ko lan po kung pwede kong mag apply din ng scholarship program, kasi incoming 3rd year student na po ko sa university namin. Sana po maka-reply kayo sa message ko, just email me. Thank you po

  7. Good afternoon po, Hi i’m John Daryl Soverano from Cabuyao, Laguna BSECE student. Ask ko lan po kung pwede kong mag apply din ng scholarship program, kasi incoming 3rd year student na po ko sa university namin. Sana po maka-reply kayo sa message ko, just email me. Thank you po

  8. Good Evening Maam/Sir,
    I’m Marynell Organiza Aniscal an incoming 3rd year accountancy student. Maam/Sir could I still avail this scholarship even I’m already 3RD YEAR?????

  9. good day, ask lang po ako kung pwede pa po ba kumuha ng ncae scholarship kahit nakapagfirst year college na?

  10. Good day sir:
    I am an incoming 2nd year college student of Laguna Northwestern College i am a hardworking and excellent student of our class,gusto ko lang po itanong kung bakit nawala po yung scholarship grant po namin, kasi po mahirap lang po kami at 2nd sem na di ko po alam kung saan kukuha ng pambabayad yung Ched scholarship lang po ang inaasahan ko para makapagtapos, pwede pa po ba kumuha ulit ng Ched scholarship?
    Marami pong salamat sa na magreply po kau, o kaya paki contact na lang po ako via yahoo or 09494082619/09295032060

  11. I’m confused ,ano po ba ung ”CHED priority courses at a CHED-accredited college.” ? gusto ko sana mag apply sa scholarship pls..send it to my email address..thanks!

    Scholarship Program

    Brgy.VII, Washington Street
    Roxas City, Capiz June 27, 2012

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    A top of the morning sir/madam. Please help me because I need to renew for the Scholarship Program because I am poor. I am the second elder of my family and the eldest is not yet finish of her study. My father is an Administrative Aid 1 and my mother is the light of our house. We are nine siblings in my family and six of us are studying. My father’s salary is not sufficient for our daily needs especially financial needs for our studies because of a lot of debts and expenses incurred for our basic needs. Our house has a lot of holes that causes wet and it is always flood because of rising of measures of the salt water at the minimum of 2.0 meters. Please help me to finish my course of BS Accountancy to help my family to surpass the trials in our life because of poverty and to help those people who are poorer than us. It is I diligence for my studies because they don’t help me. Humbly speaking my grades is low but it is not my limitation or my capacity to pursue my dreams in my life. I have the determination and perseverance to graduate with integrity and wisdom and to become a wholesome individual.
    Have a good day! Hoping that you can help me!

    Very truly yours,
    John Clark Aninang Luda
    BSA 2B

  13. helo po.. examinee po ako ng CHED scholarship exam.. incoming college freshman student poako .. lagi ko nireresearch sa google kung mei result nba ng exam nmin last yr (2011).. looking forward to having the download site for the result.. :)))X

  14. Good day! i have three kids, my eldest is an incoming freshman this school year, i can’t afford to send them to a private school so i want to know what are the requirements for this scholarship, can i have your contact numbers? where to apply.

    • gud afternoon.. on going pa poh b ung application for scholarship sa PESFA CHED, t.y. pareply naman po,heres my no. 09167553932

  15. Hi,

    Good day! I am Dyna Rose Baldonado i took Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology major in electronics, i want to take a Masters degree,any help?i got 1.9 average on my grades.

  16. i am an honor student… i gain a general weighted average of 1.62…i am taking up bachelor of science in marine transportation… i got high rating in NCAE examination,with 95 as a GSA..i am a working student since high school. I need your scholarship to pay my other tuition in school. my e-mail address is or you can call me @ 09125339024…your scholarship is one way of getting into my ambition…i hope you will grant my need…it is very important…THANK YOU SO MUCH ANDGOD BLESS!

      • Good Day!
        Maam/Sir, how can i continue this application? i was not able to read your reply,because i have no computer at home, besides i went downtown to have a net. i have just read your reply today, maam/sir, can i still continue this? i am really really interested to be part of this program, because my parents cannot afford to send me to school. I really need your support to reach my dreams. maybe, it could be better if u contact this number so that i will be having an update about this…09098503427. I hope you will still grant my inquiries, though the class has started.Maam/ Sir pleases help me pursue my education…i’m from pob. sinacaban misamis occidental, mindanao, Philippines

  17. I am a working student since grade six.I am looking who can give a scholarship so I can continue to study.I am also a 4th year student.My first and second grading grade is also 83% something.I you could help me to find a scholarship. THANK YOU SO MUCH…

  18. hi. pde po b q mag apply as a scholar? nag aaral po q ngaun s college pro mpapatigil po ngaung 2nd sem gwa hndi n po kyang suportahan ng mga mgulang q ang pg aaral ko. wla pong trabaho ang tatay ko at tndera lng po ang nanay ko. titigil n po dw ako pro gsto q pa po mag aral pra mkatpos ako. sna po maqualify po nyo q. tnx 🙂

  19. Good day,,, iam rey terania 20 years old iam interested to apply as one of that scholarship. I am the class Salutatorian among the 95 graduates, i dont have parents but iam interested to study in college, but no one to support me. now iam a working student in colegeo de kidapawan.
    pwede po ba ako maka aplay? taga kidapawan po ako poor but deserving student

  20. good day… can i apply for a scholarship?, i am second year college student of bachelor of science in business administration major in banking and finance, studying at bukidnon state university talakag extension, talakag, bukidnon. last semester i got the average of 1.80 and i am one of the student with honors. i’m asking for a financial support in order for me to pay my remaining balances in school and to pay my tuition fee this coming june. hoping for your support… thank you in advance and once again good day.

  21. hi
    incoming 4th year palang po ako this school year
    isang pang taon ay college na ako

    i’m a honor student since i started studying
    i’m just interested about scholarship offers that you have

  22. hi.. can i apply for a scholarship even though im incoming college sophomore next school year?? i got high rating on my ncae, a hs valedictorian and know a dean’s lister with a flat 1 gpa. thanks

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