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Philippine College Scholarships: CHED-SSGD

Practically all scholarships out there are classified according to a dominant theme—be it specific courses, specific foundations or even specific grantee types.  There are grants out there, however, that are based on the area where the target recipient is based.

Welcome to part two of our CHED scholarship grant mini-series.  This time, we’ll be shining the spotlight on the Special Study Grant Program for Congressional Districts, otherwise known as the SSGD.

Scholarship Details

1. Background:  With several legal resolutions and orders as its bases, the CHED-SSGD specifically targets students from the Philippines’ 240 congressional districts.  Nevertheless, its basic thrust is the same as that of its contemporaries:  to provide financial assistance to underprivileged yet deserving students.

There is one important difference between the SSGD and the grant I discussed in the previous article, the PESFA:  scholars availing of the latter program are restricted to specific priority courses, while successful applicants of the former may enjoy its privileges with respect to any degree course.  Nevertheless, scholars can only apply for either program at CHED accredited Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

2. Qualifications:  Students are eligible for the SSGD if they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be college students belonging to any year level.
  • They must be Filipino citizens.
  • They should be no older than thirty years of age at the time of their application.
  • They must not be recipients of any other form of scholarship grant at the time of their application.
  • The gross annual income of their parents or legal guardians cannot exceed 120,000 pesos.

3. Documents:  The SSGD’s necessary documents are generally similar to that of the PESFA’s, with some minor differences:

  • for freshmen only:  Form 138, aka your high school report card
  • for non-freshmen only:  a rating or report of your attendance during the previous semester
  • Your parents’ or legal guardians’ latest BIR income tax return
  • Your birth certificate
  • A certificate of good moral character
  • A certificate of medical fitness
  • A certificate of non-enjoyment of any type of scholarship grant
  • 2 x 2 ID photos for your application form.

4. Application Process:  To apply for the SSGD, just obtain a copy of the application form from the Office of the Representative of your Congressional District.  Fill up the form completely and submit it along with the other necessary documents to the CHED regional office nearest you.  After that, it’s simply a matter of waiting for that very same CHED office to notify you of your application results.

Scholar Privileges and Contact Details

As is the case with the PESFA scholarship program, the SSGD offers partial subsidization of tuition fees and other school-related fee of up to 1,000 pesos.  Unlike the PESFA, there appears to be no book stipend this time around.  Scholars, however, will receive a living allowance worth 1,500 pesos.

Currently, CHED only has its e-mail address posted on its official website, so if you’d like to clarify anything with them, feel free to send your queries to


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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21 thoughts on “Philippine College Scholarships: CHED-SSGD

  1. This is ridiculous! I’m surprised there’s someone who will waste their time applying to these if they will only get php 1000 reduction on school fees. There is really an anomaly happening in CHED right now. The real deserving students were the one being denied of education. I know someone who’s studying in UST. His tuition is about 40,000 and yet he was able to get a CHED scholarship, what’s more intriguing is that he already some existing scholarship who pays 20,000 of his fees. And you know what? His GPA is not really surprising since the institution who grants him the scholarship only requires a maintaining grade of 2.5. Actually the reason why Im ranting here is that the government issues a “lulusot ka muna sa butas ng karayom” scheme that wont give you much benefit. “Hello po!, 2013 na po ngayon at hindi lahat ng deserving students ay nakakapagaral sa PUP. Parang sardinas na din yang PUP at sa totoo lang hindi lahat ng nagaaral dyan ay DESERVING!”. Im actually studying in OLFU taking accountancy. My GPA is only 1.61 so I only receive 10% discount on my tuition which is insignificant. Now I really need to find a job to sustain my studies. Akala kasi nila lahat ng nagaaral sa private schools ay mayayaman!!!!

  2. good day po..ask lang po sana ako if lahat ba na estudyante ay pwedeng mag exam..? i mean, wala po bang required grade para maka take ng exam.test..? pwede po bang mag take kahit mababa yung grades mo..? tnx.. 🙂

  3. may i ask maam/sir na all applicants po ba on this scholarship will all be granted regardless of its number??

  4. Good day!

    Just want to ask if pwede yung photocopy ng form 138 or need talaga yung original copy. Kasi I already have enrolled in this semester.

    Thanks by the way.

  5. Good day! i just want to ask about the scholarship of CHED that was called as Safe Scholar.. They(my school)said that Ched has not been giving any fund for the SAFE scholar.. I really need it because i cant enroll for this year if there is a back account that has not been accomplish to pay… i am in my 5th year of engineering…

  6. im fresmen student. i just been passed my entrance exam at TUP. but my problem is my family cant support me. so! its been seven years since i last stop. and this is the only chance i had to pursue my dreams sgain. i hope you can help me. God bless and thank you.

  7. it gives me hope to continue my studies.. it can totally help for others including me, especially for the indigent..

  8. Gusto ko po sanang makapag-avail ng nasabing scholarship pero hindi ko po alam kung saan po ang Congressional Office at Ched Office dito po sa Palawan. Salamat po.

  9. tanong ko lang po, yung scholarship po ba fit po sa lahat..i mean wla po bang grade required na dapat e maintain. salamat po!!

    • Hi Rhea,

      If you satisfy all the eligibility requirements enumerated in the article, chances are high that you’d be eligible to apply.

      As for grade requirements, we don’t have any info on that. It does say in the article that this scholarship is mainly for the “underprivileged yet deserving students.” This implies that the main criterion for choosing scholars is financial need but that scholars still must be “deserving” of financial aid to get it. This is where the ambiguity sets in. How do you say an applicant is more “deserving” of financial aid than another?

      The answer might lie in the eligibility requirements. If you check the article, you’ll see that applicants are required to submit their Form 138, aka high school report card (for freshmen), or their rating or report of their attendance during the previous semester (for non-freshmen). Perhaps, the scholarship committee will look at the applicants’ commitment to their studies rather than their actual grades – but it could also be that the scholarship committee uses grades as a selection filter when necessary.

      Suffice it to say that, for this scholarship, there might be a grade component but this may not be fixed (that is, there might not be a minimum grade requirement) so as not to inhibit would-be applicants from applying.

  10. i just want to ask about the scholarship offer by CHED- SSGD because i want avail the said scholarship what i am worrying is that i don’t where can i get the application form stated in the scholarship program

    “Office of the Representative of your Congressional District”

    I live in pasig so it means i will get the application form in municipality of pasig?

    help me. tnx

  11. wala poh bang email add or phone number for us to contact the ched ssgd?

    “Office of the Representative of your Congressional District”

    tga pasig po ako so sa pasig po ako kukuha ng application form?

    • Just wanted to say thanks for dropping by. ^_^ Yun nga lang, kailangan kong linawin na hindi sa’min galing scholarships. Kinu-compile lang namin ang information on available scholarships para mas madali sa mga kabataan nating maghanap ng scholarship kung kailangan. We need to thank yung mga foundations and scholarship program administrators.

    • sir/maam:

      -will all the applicants be granted fully regardless of its numbers(applicants) ?

      -is there any payment for obtaining the copy of application form ?

      -when and what time schedule will the offices responsible for this scholarship??

      thank you po.

      jesson solis (incoming 3rd year this coming semester; north cotabato citizen)

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